- The Washington Times - Friday, April 28, 2017

Oxford University has apologized for a newsletter that suggested avoiding eye contact was an example of casual racism after receiving backlash from the autism community.

The university’s equality and diversity newsletter had included a list of “microaggressions” that said not making eye contact or speaking directly to people could be an example of “subtle, everyday racism,” BBC News reported.

Social media users accused the university of being insensitive to people with autism, who can sometimes experience difficulty making eye contact with others.

Oxford sent out a flurry of tweets Thursday apologizing for the newsletter.

“We made a mistake. Our newsletter was too brief to deal adequately and sensibly with the issue,” the university said.

“We are sorry that we took no account of other reasons for difference in eye contact and social interaction, including disability,” it added. “Oxford deeply values and works hard to support students and staff with disabilities, including those with autism or social anxiety disorder.”

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