Browsing: Political Correctness

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‘If you thought that life on America’s college campuses had reached peak crazy, you’d be wrong. It turns out that the politically correct culture which has entangled our upper education system, is taking a turn for the Orwellian (if it hadn’t already).

Adam Steinbaugh of the Washington Examiner has been investigating these schools, and he’s found that the administrators are encouraging students to snitch on each other (and their professors). Not to expose criminal behavior or cheating, but to target inappropriate speech. He found that 230 colleges have what are called “Bias Response Teams,” which are made up of either campus cops or administrators, and whose sole job is to investigate mostly anonymous claims of offensive speech.

And as you might expect, these schools define “bias” in extremely vague and subjective terms. What may shock most people, however, is that it isn’t reserved for stifling conservative opinions, as would be typical of a college campus. It can include anything that offends anyone.’

Read more: College Campuses Are Now Urging Students To Rat Each Other Out Over Offensive Speech

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‘The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has revived a case from 2012 that alleges too many unwanted hugs can create a hostile work environment and constitute sexual harassment.

On Thursday, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reopened a sexual harassment lawsuit against Yolo County, California and county Sheriff Edward Prieto.

The suit claims that Prieto created a sexually hostile work environment by greeting claimant Victoria Zetwick with “unwelcome hugs” over 100 times during the 12-year period she worked.

Zetwick, the correctional officer who sued the sheriff, also based her Title VII sexually hostile work environment claim on the fact that she saw Prieto hug and kiss many other female employees, but did not see him hug any male employees.’

Read more: ‘Unwelcome hugs’ may create a hostile work environment, court says

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‘Who didn’t see this coming? Nano, a 20-year-old from Oslo, Norway claims to be “trans-species” and is actually a cat. Much like transgender people, she believes she was born this way and was assigned the wrong species at birth. Nano finally came to terms with the mistake when she was 16 and has lived as a cat ever since. In one of her YouTube videos, she claims “I realized I was a cat when I was 16 when doctors and psychologists found out what was ‘the thing’ with me. Under my birth, there was a genetic defect.”

What qualifies Nano as a cat? Well, she claims that she naturally hisses at dogs, hates water, and has a superior sense of smell. She can see in the dark and likes to chase mice for fun, although she has not been able to catch any. She speaks mostly in “meows” especially to her friend Sven. Sven is not trans-species but claims to have different personalities, one of which is a cat, so he and Nano can communicate when they speak as cats. You can’t make this stuff up.’

Read more: Trans-species? Woman claims she is actually a cat

‘A few weeks ago, I observed that Barack Obama’s iconic status as the first African-American U.S. President should not obscure his mixed political record.

For that, I was accused by one Radio 4 commentator of peddling a ‘racist narrative’.

As a black man and former chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, you might think I would be surprised to face a charge of racism — but I was not.

For at a time when this country is crying out for frank discussion on issues such as race and sexuality, debate is being closed down because those who find offence in every-thing cry ‘racist’ or ‘sexist’.’

Read more: The day I was accused of being racist, I knew political correctness had gone mad, writes Trevor Phillips

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‘Students at Michigan State University soon will not be permitted to hang whiteboards on the outside of their dorm room doors.

The new policy, effective Fall 2017, was created in an attempt to eliminate opportunities for students to write mean words and racial slurs, according to a campus official.

“Their utility as a communication tool no longer outweighed the attractive nuisance that they are,” Kat Cooper, director of university residential services communications, told The College Fix via email.

In a statement to The Detroit News, Cooper added: “In any given month, there are several incidents like this [hurtful words]. There was no one incident that was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Sometimes these things are racial, sometimes they’re sexual in nature. There are all sorts of things that happen.”’

Read more: University bans dorm room whiteboards to stop hurtful words

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‘An “antiracist” poster in a college writing center insists American grammar is “racist” and an “unjust language structure,” promising to prioritize rhetoric over “grammatical ‘correctness.’”

The poster, written by the director, staff, and tutors of the University of Washington, Tacoma’s Writing Center, states “racism is the normal condition of things,” declaring that it permeates rules, systems, expectations, in courses, school and society.

“Linguistic and writing research has shown clearly for many decades that there is no inherent ‘standard’ of English,” proclaims the writing center’s statement. “Language is constantly changing. These two facts make it very difficult to justify placing people in hierarchies or restricting opportunities and privileges because of the way people communicate in particular versions of English.”’

Read more: College Writing Center Declares American Grammar A ‘Racist,’ ‘Unjust Language Structure’ 

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‘A major British theatre company is now issuing ‘trigger warnings’ at its more risqué performances to avoid upsetting audience members.
According to an update on the Royal Court’s (RC) website, the theatre now provides special advice to customers wanting to talk about a play’s content before watching it, to prevent “extreme distress.”

“We don’t want to spoil anyone’s experience of a new play at the Royal Court and therefore avoid giving too much away when promoting the play,” the site’s trigger warnings section now reads.

“However we’re also conscious that these moments can be particularly distressing for some individuals. If there are certain themes that you know would cause you extreme distress and you’d like to speak to one of the Royal Court team to find out more about a show before you book [you] can call the Box Office.”’

Read more: British theatre company now issues ‘trigger warnings’ to prevent ‘audience distress

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