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The Cure for Microaggressions: Microaffections

Thursday, December 7, 2017 12:17
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Academia invented the scourge known as microaggressions; it has also invented the solution — microaffections:

An academic librarian at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst recently encouraged her fellow librarians to fight microaggressions by hugging students or telling them “I love you.”

According to Isabel Espinal, the school librarian for students majoring in Afro American Studies, these small acts of kindness are called “microaffections,” and can help create a more “empowering” learning experience for students of color.

The term was first presented to the public in HuffPost by University of Southern California educrat Jim Berklo. He defines a microaffection as a “a subtle but endearing or comforting comment or action directed at others that is often unintentional or unconsciously affirms their worth and dignity, without any hint of condescension.”

Removing any hint of condescension can’t be easy for liberals to pull off.

To do the most good with their microaffections, social justice warriors are encouraged to venture off the college campus and into a diverse (i.e., all black) inner-city environment, where their help raising self-esteem is most needed. Hug the first drug-dealer you find loitering on a street corner and tell him that you love him for being black. It will make the world a better place.

On a tip from J.



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