At Pennsylvania State University, no hurt feeling is too small, no slight too inconsequential, no unintentionally biased statement too unimportant.
I guess it makes since to focus on such minor issues, what with the spotless record this fine institution has when it comes to, say, not covering up years of appalling crimes.
The public university is in the midst of a massive campaign that encourages students not only to watch what they say, lest they offend someone, but also to report any and all biased statements to campus officials.
This sort of East Germany in 1980 behavior is key to promoting a free and open society and allowing for a mature exchange of ideas. Snitching and witch-hunting is the bedrock of high quality academic rigor.
“There is no place for hate, overt or subtle, at Penn State – such actions do not represent our mutually held values,” Eric Barron, president of Penn State, stated in a recent message to the campus community.
We're going to completely stamp out unkind glances and sucking air through your teeth, if everything must burn to achieve this.
As a part of the campaign, the university is using posters and magnets to emphasize its Report Bias system set up under the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity.
Fudging magnets, how do they work? I have no idea because my school is more concerned about teaching me to turn in my classmates.
More than 1,000 images of a stop sign in the form of posters and magnets have been distributed at Penn State.
If you're wondering why that tuition keeps going up, consider the need to appropriate funds to play inquisitor in the court of the clown king.
Lisa Powers, director of Penn State’s strategic communications office, said in an email to The College Fix that an act of intolerance includes microaggressions.
My spellchecker says that's not a word and for once I completely agree.
“An act of intolerance can be identified as any forms of microaggressions, verbal assaults, and/or racial subjugation,” Powers said.
Enslaving entire people groups and whispering something in my presence are now morally equivalent.
Powers said the bias reporting acts as a catharsis of sorts for students, acknowledging the public university has no right to hinder students’ First Amendment rights.
The university system, proudly masturbating your emotions for several large a year.
“The First Amendment doesn’t just apply to those who express ideas with which we agree. It also applies to those whose ideas we may find challenging, repugnant or even appalling. By providing an outlet for individuals to report bias they have seen or experienced, we are giving them an equal right to express their thoughts and feelings on the matter.”
Paying off that massive loan and having no job skills is also challenging, repugnant and even appalling.
Aaron Zehner is the author of "The Foolchild Invention" available in paperback and e-book format. Read free excerpts here and here.