UC’s List of Banned Words is not a ‘Policy,’ Professor Insists at Microaggression Debate

October 7, 2015

By College Fix Staff at The College Fix


It’s just ‘guidelines’ and it’s based on ‘research’

Nobody at the University of California will be punished for saying “America is the land of opportunity” or asking a foreign-looking student “where are you from?”

That was the repeated claim by a UC-Irvine professor during a heated discussion about microaggressions at the campus Tuesday night, moderated by Southern California Public Radio.

The impetus for the event was UC’s “training sessions” in the previous academic year, in which deans and department chairs were instructed not to use certain words or phrases that could offend minority populations.

The university system wanted to raise awareness that “things that we say can be misinterpreted,” but it’s not prohibiting speech, said Doug Haynes, who teaches history. “You might want to think about the context of what you’re asking,” and ask for a person’s background in such a way that “doesn’t apply any kind of hierarchy” to them...

Schools: Brandeis University University of California, Irvine California State University – Los Angeles