The Princeton Tigers not just worried about aggression — they’re worried about “microaggression.” Students have relaunched a Facebook page dedicated to “the paper cuts of oppression.”
The “Tiger Microaggressions” Facebook page, which originally began last summer, started up again December 5 so that no one has to “carry the burden alone to call out” offensive comments, National Review reported Thursday.
The site turned to Derald Wing Sue of Columbia University to define microagressions, saying they are “brief, everyday exchanges that send denigrating messages to certain individuals because of their group membership.”
The Princeton moderators go on to say that “there are no objective definitions to words and phrases. The perspective and lived experiences of each individual contextualizes the world around them and thus places a particular meaning in words based on their distinct subjectivity. What counts as harmless banter to some may be emotionally triggering to others.”
Some of the offenses highlighted by Tiger Microaggressions include an individual who said on the social media app Yik Yak that he preferred girls who were “virgins in name but experienced in bed,” and an individual who allegedly said “I like Asian girls. I dated a ton of them before.”
The Princeton website says offensive comments are “so small but slice so deep.”