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Colleges with buildings named after ‘white, heterosexual, upper class males’ deemed offensive

Introducing the environmental macro-microaggression

The College Fix thought it had uncovered all of the most ridiculous microaggressions leftist minds had drummed up.

What, with declaring “America is the land of opportunity,” “There is only one race, the human race,” “America is a melting pot” and “Everyone can succeed in this society if they work hard enough” offensive microaggressions – that’s a hard list to top.

Yet, never underestimate a liberal’s ability to see racism where there is none.

A University of Missouri list of so-called “environmental microaggressions” cites one example as “a college or university with buildings that are all named after white, heterosexual, upper class males.”

Such a college is an environmental microaggression because it allegedly implies “you don’t belong/you won’t succeed here. There is only so far you can go,” according to the accompanying explanation.

OK, so if a campus has at least one that breaks the mold, then it’s OK? Or does it have to be at least two? Or – when does it end? Here’s a hint – it never does.

I’d never heard of an “environmental microaggression” prior to reading that list. It actually clarifies they’re “macro-level microaggressions, which are more apparent on systemic and environmental levels.”

Other examples are “television shows and movies that feature predominantly white people, without representation of people of color” and “overcrowding of public schools in communities of color.”

Now that I think about it, I’m surprised America itself is not listed as an “environmental microaggression” – based on the way the people who think these things up view the world.

At any rate, these examples are according to a University of Missouri-Columbia “Racial Microaggressions in Every Day Life” list posted on its website, a supporting document of the public university’s effort to make the campus more “inclusive.”

One can only hope students have better things to do with their time than to make lists of all their campus’ building names, and then look up the history behind what each name represents, then get offended by the results.

The only building name I can remember from my college days is Hepner Hall, and I assure you I had better things to worry about than the guy’s past. In fact, it never even dawned on me to care. I suppose that’s my “white privilege” talking, even though my dad was born in the Middle East and immigrated here in search of a better life.

He found one, by the way, through hard work. America IS THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITY!

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IMAGE: Hepner Hall (Nathan Rupert/Flickr)

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Jennifer Kabbany is editor of The College Fix. She previously worked as a daily newspaper reporter and columnist for a decade in Southern California, and prior to that held editorial positions at The Weekly Standard, Washington Times and FrontPageMagazine. She is also a Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship recipient and has contributed to National Review.

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