• Students who avoid making eye contact could be guilty of racism, Oxford University says
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[quote]Students who avoid making eye contact with their peers could be guilty of racism, according to Oxford University’s latest guidance. [b]The university’s Equality and Diversity Unit has advised students that “not speaking directly to people” could be deemed a “racial microaggression” which can lead to “mental ill-health”.[/b] Other examples of “everyday racism” include asking someone where they are “originally” from, students were told. Oxford University's Equality and Diversity Unit explains in its Trinity term newsletter that "some people who do these things may be entirely well-meaning, and would be mortified to realise that they had caused offence. “But this is of little consequence if a possible effect of their words or actions is to suggest to people that they may fulfil a negative stereotype, or do not belong”. Universities have been accused of pandering to the “snowflake generation” of students, who are seen as over-sensitive and quick to take offence. Dr Joanna Williams, a lecturer in higher education the University of Kent, said the guidance was “completely ridiculous” and will make students “hyper-sensitive” about how they interact with one another. “Essentially people are being accused of a thought crime,” Dr Williams told The Telegraph. “They are being accused of thinking incorrect thoughts based on an assumption of where they may or may not be looking.” Dr Williams, who is author of Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity, said that Oxford University’s guidance was “overstepping the mark” by telling students “how they should feel and think”. She said: “Instead of people seeing each other as potential friends, equals, these re-racialise academia, they force people to see each other as a person of colour, they force people to be put into boxes about identity. “It is really problematic - it means people can’t relate to each other naturally, they have rules in the back of their mind and they can’t be spontaneous as their interactions are all overlaid with the desire to follow all these rules.” Last year Oxford law students were told they could skip lectures covering violent cases if they feared the content would be too “distressing”. Earlier this year it emerged that Cardiff Metropolitan University banned phrases such as “right-hand man” and “gentleman’s agreement” under its code of practice on inclusive language. The university guidance dictates that “gender-neutral” terms should be used where possible, adding that students should not allow their “cultural background” to affect their choice of words. The University of Glasgow has started issuing “trigger warnings” for theology students studying the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, whereby students are told they may see distressing images and are given the opportunity to leave. The term "snowflake generation" was one of Collins Dictionary's 2016 words of the year. Collins defines the term as "the young adults of the 2010s, viewed as being less resilient and more prone to taking offence than previous generations".[/quote] [url]http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2017/04/22/students-avoid-making-eye-contact-could-guiltyof-racism-oxford/#[/url] [url]http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/education/news/not-looking-someone-in-the-eye-is-racist-oxford-to-students/articleshow/58344303.cms[/url] Huffington Post also had an interesting take on the issue with: [url=http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/oxford-university-autistic-students-eye-contact-racist_uk_58fdd466e4b06b9cb9182362]Oxford University Accused Of Targeting Autistic Students After Claiming Lack Of Eye Contact Is ‘Racist’[/url]
Sometimes it might actually be slight racism, but that's not really something you can tell, nor is it worth punishing. A lot of anxious people just avoid eye-contact period.
the war on people with autism continues
The exact wording from the [URL="https://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/media/global/wwwadminoxacuk/localsites/equalityanddiversity/documents/newsletter/Equality_&_Diversity_Newsletter_trinity17_web.pdf"]newsletter[/URL] [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/v2WLrYK.png[/IMG]' You know, whomever wrote this pretty obviously meant something like "not making eye contact or speaking directly to people [I]of some particular race only. [/I]But they have been unfortunate enough to not be explicit, so the pretty much at this point all-tabloid, "Where do we get the outrage of the day?" news outlets of today are more than glad to jump at the admittedly kinda clumsy wording to make a big deal out of it, so people like Tudd can go rise hell over it. Kind of boring, tbh.
Oh boy the PC culture infighting has begun.
[QUOTE=Ruski v2.0;52144825]the war on people with autism continues[/QUOTE] Tell me about it, 24 years old in less than a month and I still have problems looking people in the eyes properly. Guess i'm a racist bigot and my mental health is not stable towards other human beings within the eyes of Oxford based on this condition alone. :v: Looking at all the politically correct gone mad nonsense they've accepted, it seems it's less of a specific strike against autism and more of a general thing to make sure not a single person on campus is displeased. But I don't think they ever learned that you can't please everybody.
All people with aspergers are now racists. :goodjob:
[QUOTE=Ruski v2.0;52144825]the war on people with autism continues[/QUOTE] does it make me a terrible person that i thought this trying to insult the people actually putting these rules in place by calling them autistic, rather than addressing the fact that people with autism have difficulty looking people in the eyes
Not making eye contact has too wide of a range of causes to be labeled as just racism. This is too much of a generalization.
Uh, I have trouble looking strangers in the eye and I don't think I'm racist lmao. Unless this proves that I am?
Who's going to be the judge of this? Furthermore, what is a legitimate racist going to care about a ruling like this
Lol i'm a bitch with this tbh I'm also a klansmen I 'spose To be fair, it doesn't seem like they're saying that it always means you're commiting a racist microaggression. But that it CAN be, depending on you and context. Which I can't exactly disagree with.
[QUOTE=TAU!;52144862]Not making eye contact has too wide of a range of causes to be labeled as just racism. This is too much of a generalization.[/QUOTE] No, this is just a bullet point example somebody miffed which today press (with the welcome embrace of the "oh god PC gone mad idiots" is somehow blowing up into massive multi paragraph articles. Really, the real news here is that this made it to the news. Or, not really news either, more like a joke.
[QUOTE=Selek;52144863]Uh, I have trouble looking strangers in the eye and I don't think I'm racist lmao. Unless this proves that I am?[/QUOTE] I'm so sorry you had to find out this way.
Since when was females a race
What the fuck is the deal with universities, of all institutions, making social-moral statements?
I have high functioning aspergers and don't like looking people in the eyes. I guess I'm racist now :v:
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I don't think its ok to look strangers in the eyes unless you're talking to them [editline]24th April 2017[/editline] shit now im racist
[QUOTE]Other examples of “everyday racism” include asking someone where they are “originally” from, students were told. [/QUOTE] What the fuck? I find it interesting where people are originally from! I like finding out about other countries and their history! What a load of bullcrap.
[QUOTE=Sherow_Xx;52144916]What the fuck is the deal with universities, of all institutions, making social-moral statements?[/QUOTE] Only in english-speaking countries too but maybe that's just media exposure
This entire article is one massive sign of "mental ill-health" for whoever the fuck is responsible for it Nevermind the most idiotic and out-of-the-blue generalization I have ever seen, trying to police people's thoughts and behaviours to this degree should be punished by law The fact that even Oxford has stooped to this level of sheer idiocy is depressing
I get the feeling that articles like this are just fuel for bigots to confirm their bias of everyone being "easily offended" and then use it as an excuse for their actual racist behaivor. Don't discredit actual cases of racism just because a bunch of people at an university with nothing else to do think not keeping eye contact is racist. For every bullshit situation like this, there are plenty of people being actually excluded and looked down for having a different background. Bigots always expose the radicals and never bother to discuss or expose cases were innocent people have been treated unfairly.
[QUOTE=Crhem van der B;52144943]What the fuck? I find it interesting where people are originally from! I like finding out about other countries and their history! What a load of bullcrap.[/QUOTE] My mom doesn't like it because she tried to integrate into canada but everyone can still tell she's not from here. I myself get asked where I was born because of my french accent and depending on if I'm bored or feeling a bit sadistic I'll have different snark available.
[QUOTE=Sgt. Nikolai;52144964]I get the feeling that articles like this are just fuel for bigots to confirm their bias of everyone being "easily offended" and then use it as an excuse for their actual racist behaivor. Don't discredit actual cases of racism just because a bunch of people at an university with nothing else to do think not keeping eye contact is racist. For every bullshit situation like this, there are plenty of people being actually excluded and looked down for having a different background. Bigots always expose the radicals and never bother to discuss or expose cases were innocent people have been treated unfairly.[/QUOTE] Who here is discrediting actual cases of racism based on this university's asinine opinions?
This could have been made with good intentions, deliberatly not looking at people is kind of rude. But how are they going to enforce this exactly?
Spent years not looking at people due to my almost literally crippling anxiety. Now that I've dealt with it I still have to force myself to look into people's eyes. I'm aware I do it every time and it's so embarrassing.
[QUOTE=01271;52144970]My mom doesn't like it because she tried to integrate into canada but everyone can still tell she's not from here. I myself get asked where I was born because of my french accent and depending on if I'm bored or feeling a bit sadistic I'll have different snark available.[/QUOTE] You can't just delete your history. You are were you come from. There's nothing bad about where you originally come from, it's not like you had a choice to be born there. With that in mind, integrating is exactly what you [B]should[/B] be doing when you move to a new country.
[QUOTE=MrJazzy;52144944]Only in english-speaking countries too but maybe that's just media exposure[/QUOTE] The media does that thing quite often. News about immigrants committing crimes makes some people think that immigrants are bringing more danger (instead of being dangerous people who happen to be immigrants) Just like news about fake rape accusations make some people think feminism is getting too far and now men are being oppressed or attacked. Thus making it seems like the entire movement is a bad thing. News about universities doing stuff like this or diversity quotas make some people think that diversity and acceptance movements are affecting society a lot and that we should stop enabling them. All those things make people angry, especially people who actually think that way, and thus gets a lot of visits and results in large discussions.
She's insulted about how people notice her speech is different or her english is bad or her pronunciations are off. She's white so she would fit in otherwise. Everyone at the vancouver hotels assume she's on vacation here lol. It's been 30 years and she has citizenship.
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