University of California (UC) president Janet Napolitano’s office has been training faculty members to avoid describing America as a “land of opportunity,” along with other phrases the school insists are microaggressions that could trigger stressful reactions in students belonging to one or another protected class. This latest directive is part if UC’s commitment to retrain faculty to function in this age of political correctness run amok.
Napolitano’s office has begun conducting faculty leadership seminars at selected campuses across the UC system. One document used in the seminars is titled “Tool: Recognizing Microaggressions and the Messages They Send” and lists dozens of menacing microaggressions for faculty to avoid.
One of the largest categories of microaggressions is those that that promote the “myth of meritocracy.” According to the document, this “myth” is spread by statements such as “America is the land of opportunity,” “I believe the most qualified person should get the job,” and “affirmative action is racist.”
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