An article on the BBC Capital website titled “The tiny ways prejudice seeps into the workplace” took its presumably majority white readers to task for the unforgivable crime of microaggressions, which it defines as “brief queries, comments or actions sprinkled throughout day-to-day life that make others—particularly those in marginalized groups—feel bad about themselves.”
Some of the examples of microaggressions provided by the article’s author, New York-based “journalist” and probable tribe-member Bryan Lufkin, are as laughable as they are unlikely:
“To a female CEO: ‘Can I speak with your boss?’
To a man who’s a nurse: ‘Wow, you don’t see many male nurses.’
To an LGBTQ intern: ‘Huh, you don’t sound gay.’
To a non-white colleague—in a mostly white office: ‘So, where are you from? …No, I mean, where are you really from?’
To a mixed-raced person: ‘What are you?'”
I’m not sure why being LGBTQ is relevant in the workplace, but I am nearly 100% certain that no one has ever said “Huh, you don’t sound gay” when they discover the guy they are talking to loves cock. Let’s face it, a lot of gay guys not only sound gay, they are so flamboyantly gay they make Liberace look like Pat Buchanan.
And in a country where we have been socially engineered to identify ourselves as hyphenated half-breeds (African-American, Irish-American), why is it unacceptable to ask about someone’s ethnic background? Unless you are an American Indian, your ancestors came from somewhere else.
When it comes to microaggressions, logic and common sense do not apply. This is because there is no such thing as a microaggression. Lufkin even admits this when he says “unlike hate speech, microaggressions are not intended to be malicious, even though the impact might be. But they don’t have to be spoken. They can be tiny actions, too—ones that most onlookers might not even notice, let alone describe as offensive.”
So even though I don’t intend to be offensive or malicious, and even though no onlooker would ever perceive my words and actions to be hurtful, it is still a microaggression, because the “victim” is offended. They are offended because they assume my words and actions are intended to be offensive. This is called mind-reading, a very common logical fallacy defined as “speculating about someone else’s thoughts, emotions, motivations and ‘body language’ and then claiming to understand these clearly, sometimes more accurately than the person in question knows themselves.”
Similar to the idea that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the microaggression is in the mind of the victim. The alleged transgression is rooted in the feelings of the victim, not the words or actions of the accused. Just like hate speech (and obscenity), it is subjective so there is no clear cut definition—the offended simply know it when they see it. But what if the victim is a hypersensitive paranoiac seething with animosity, self-hatred and misanthropic tendencies?
In her autobiography, Eleanor Roosevelt famously wrote “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” I have been called lots of names and even been physically intimidated although I did nothing to warrant this treatment. I was not offended and I did not feel bad about myself. I simply thought the other guy was an asshole and went on with my life.
A microaggression is no way akin to actual aggression, which usually goes hand in hand with physical violence. Telling an LGBTQ intern “Huh, you don’t sound gay” is far less aggressive than beating up that intern because you hate faggots. But of course, that actually never happens in the workplace. And since there is no real aggression, KultMarx has to make this bullshit up.
In Lufkin’s definition of a microaggression, he specifically mentions people in “marginalized groups,” which seems like an oxymoron. How can they be marginalized if they are also part of a group? But there I go again, applying logic and common sense like the racist White supremacist oppressor I am assumed to be (talk about a microagression!). The fact is that in the United States, which, for a few more years anyway, is still a majority White country, Blacks, Latinos, Jews, Asians, gays, transgenders, feminists and people who think Ta-Nehisi Coates is an intellectual are minorities. If they feel offended because they are marginalized, that’s up to them. After all, in the real world, minorities are marginalized. That is the nature of being a minority.
Living in Japan, I know something about living as a marginalized minority in a homogeneous society made up of a majority that is a different race, has a different culture and speaks a different language than I do. That is why this part of Lufkin’s article really made me laugh:
“[Microaggressions include] not sitting next to someone on a train, for example. Or interrupting someone during a meeting, or assuming someone speaks the same language as you because you’re the same race—or assuming they don’t because they’re not the same race—or gawking at people who look different as they walk past.”
Although such treatment would have most SJWs running for their safe space, this basically describes my daily life here in Tokyo. I actually like the fact that people avoid sitting next to me on the train—it is more comfortable that way. Sitting on the Tokyo subway with an empty seat next to you is not only a luxury, it is practically unheard of. So you have to enjoy it while it lasts.
My Japanese in-laws constantly interrupt me when I am talking. I will be in deep conversation with my wife in the kitchen, and her parents or sister will walk in and just start talking as if there wasn’t a conversation already taking place. It can be infuriating, but it’s just the way they are. I don’t like it, but I have gotten used to it.
In Tokyo, every Japanese person I meet assumes I cannot understand Japanese—even when I am clearly speaking it to them. When I ask a question in Japanese to some people, they wave me off with a curt “no English!” I then tell them in Japanese “I don’t speak English either, shall we use Japanese instead?” Even then, they still refuse to believe I actually understand the words coming out of my own mouth.
Furthermore, I go out of my way to say “hello” with a smile when I see other foreigners in my neighborhood, especially White people. I don’t assume they all speak English, but I do assume that even if they don’t, they are at least familiar with the word “hello” and a genial smile. I consider this being friendly rather than a microaggression, even though I rarely get any response. See kids, I can get shunned without melting down into a temper tantrum. Why can’t you?
No matter where I go in Japan, I am constantly gawked at by everyone I see. Japanese people openly stare at you like they’re invisible. Old people are the worst, but even little kids point and laugh. But hey, that’s the nature of being an expat in Japan—as a foreigner, you are a freak and an outsider forever. If you don’t like it, you can go back to where you came from. That’s the attitude of most Japanese, and I actually agree.
The anti-White minorities Lufkin quotes in his article, including the perplexingly named Derald Wing Sue, a professor of psychology and education at Columbia University who “specializes in racism and multiculturalism” and Uppala Chandrasekera, the director of public policy at the Canadian Mental Health Association in Toronto, would not last very long in Japan, much less the countries where they are really from. Japanese people are on the polite end of the spectrum, but in China and India, they take the shameless, soul-piercing gawk to a whole new level. Same goes for most African countries.
This demonstrates how little liberal “progressives” understand about the world they live in. Western countries are the friendliest, politest, most comfortable and warmly welcoming places on Earth, but propagandists like Lufkin and others in the corporate media frame everything as if it were the opposite.
In most non-Western countries, microaggressions do not exist. There is only real aggression. They will rob, rape and murder you without any pretense whatsoever.
According to curry-colored Canadian Chandrasekera, “if you witness a microaggression, you are supposed to acknowledge that it happened and ask the person if they’re OK or if they want to talk.” You know, treat them like a weak, marginalized child who needs your pity, you condescending presumptuous bastard. Make sure they know they were just victimized, especially if they didn’t notice it themselves.
If you want a good laugh, check out The Microaggression Project. This website chronicles microaggressions “from almost every community of marginalized identities in Western society, including racial minorities, women, a variety of LGBT communities, socioeconomic classes, migrant communities, and the disabled community.” Apparently, it’s not possible for White people in Western countries to be marginalized, unless they are female, gay or disabled. But even then, it probably doesn’t really count. White privilege means you can never truly be marginalized. In fact, there is no need for microaggressions against White people, as the hostility, resentment, hatred and vitriol is overt and even encouraged in the media, academia and workplace.
Like the voices in crazy people’s heads, leprechauns and hot fat chicks, microaggressions don’t actually exist. Those who claim to be the victim of microaggressions and accuse someone else of prejudice are, themselves, engaging in prejudicial behavior: they are prejudging someone’s intentions and thoughts without any basis for their assumptions. If anything, it exposes the sick state of mind of the offended party. No wonder they feel marginalized—they probably deserve it.