Tuesday, January 21, 2020

UK: Sheffield students paid to tackle racist language on campus

A university is to hire 20 of its own students to challenge language on campus that could be seen as racist.

The University of Sheffield is to pay students to tackle so-called "microaggressions" - which it describes as "subtle but offensive comments".

They will be trained to "lead healthy conversations" about preventing racism on campus and in student accommodation.

Vice-chancellor Koen Lamberts said the initiative wanted to "change the way people think about racism".

The students will be paid £9.34 per hour as "race equality champions", working between two and nine hours per week to tackle "microaggressions" in the university.

These are described as comments or actions which might be unintentional, but which can cause offence to a minority group.

It gives examples of what it means by microaggression - such as:

"Stop making everything a race issue"

"Why are you searching for things to be offended about?"

"Where are you really from?"

"I don't want to hear about your holiday to South Africa. It's nowhere near where I'm from"

"Being compared to black celebrities that I look nothing like"

Rather than being about controlling people's speech, the university says it is "opening up a conversation".



Anonymous said...

More Politically Correct nonsense.

Anonymous said...

More like the East German Stasi. They created a secret police system where children reported their parents, neighbors reported neighbors, students reported teachers for anti-party thoughts.

C. S. P. Schofield said...

I hope it finds, to its consternation, that the conversation is about how and why it decided to go Fascist.

Stan B said...

Being aggressive about tackling "microaggressions..." Help, the Irony Burns!

Bird of Paradise said...

They still can not think on their own

Anonymous said...

Let's open up a conversation, where only one side gets to talk...