Published On: Sun, Jul 18th, 2021

The Macro Subjectivity of ‘Microaggression’ Studies Save 10% on Citrus trees with code CITRUS
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Part 2 of a Series on ‘Social Justice’ Research (Part 1 here) Ever since the most blatant forms of racism and discrimination in America faded, what are called microaggressions have, in the view of leftist academics and social justice activists, taken their place. These are “a form of racism,” the slights and insults that, though subtle and small and typically unconscious, are insulting and harmful to their targets. As noted by Edward Cantu and Lee Jussim—respectively, a law professor at the University of Missouri and a professor of social psychology at Rutgers—microaggressions are a hot topic, as universities, diversity trainers, and others are “operationalizing” the microaggression idea “as if it were the product of rigorous science.” But in an exhaustive analysis of the research supporting the “current microaggression construct,” or CMC, Cantu and Jussim find that a microaggression is basically what a microaggression researcher subjectively believes it to be, with …

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