Is Calling the U.S. a 'Melting Pot' Offensive?
“Microaggression” is a trendy, modern word for insensitivity. It means saying things that inadvertently make some people feel excluded or the targets of subtle bias. It is good to be sensitive, and it is good to make people feel included. Everyone, in an ideal society, should be conscientious of other people’s feelings and empathetic to other people’s experiences. For professors, who are in positions of authority over young people, this kind of consideration is especially important.
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