- - Sunday, May 17, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Isn’t life uncanny? A report by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign looking into the topic of “microaggressions” found that the simple task of “walking into or sitting in” a room full of white people can be “problematic for minorities” (“Rooms filled with white people cause ‘microaggressions’ for minorities: study,” Web, May 13).

The word “micro” means small and “aggression” means unprovoked attack, so I am not sure exactly what the fear is here. There is a saying: “Be careful what you wish for.” Would it surprise the black community to know that white individuals feel “uncomfortable and unwelcome” if they are the only person in the room not of color?

This used to be called racism. Apparently, today we are calling it microaggression. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. went to great lengths and through bitter circumstances so that this perceived discrimination would one day be erased. Would it surprise the black community to know that immigrants from different countries and languages feel uncomfortable and unwelcome in a school that speaks words they don’t understand? Would it surprise the black community to know that many people feel uncomfortable and unwelcome in a school with children with special needs? It appears Rev. King’s dream has now become a nightmare.

JACQUELINE A. POSTAL

Silver Spring


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