Mr. Alvin Lee is an Employee Relations Specialist from Purdue University. In 2016, Mr. Lee hosted a presentation in a business relationship class that labeled phrases such as, “American is a melting pot,” as “microaggressions.”
Harvard Professor Chester M. Pierce—who first coined the phrase—defines microaggressions as literal, “racial assaults” on minorities by white people.
“These [racial] assaults to black dignity and black hope are incessant and cumulative. Any single one may be gross. In fact, the major vehicle for racism in this country is offenses done to blacks by whites in this sort of gratuitous neverending way. These offenses are microaggressions.“ – Chester M Pierce
Universities and public officials will often censor words or phrases they consider fit this definition. In 2018, the University of California labeled the phrase, “America is the land of opportunity,” as a microaggression. In 2021, administrators at Brandeis University listed phrases like, “policeman” and, “you guys,” under a University-sponsored “Oppressive Language List.”
Due to a California law passed in 2017, failure to refer to a person’s preferred gender pronouns is now a jailable offense. Those convicted may be sentenced for up to a year in jail.
Mr. Lee likewise urges students to curtail speech he considers to be microaggressions. Several examples included the following:
– Asking a student, “Where are you from?”
– “You are so articulate.”
– “America is a melting pot”
– “There is only one race, the human race”
– “When I look at you, I don’t see color”
– “I’m not racist, I have several black friends”
– “I believe that the most qualified person should get the job.”
– “Everyone can succeed in this society if they work hard enough.”
– Using the pronoun, “he” to refer to all people.
During the same lecture, Mr. Lee claimed “hundreds” of active hate groups are operating in the United States today. He was referencing data compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a self-ordained civil rights group whose objective is purportedly the dismantlement of white supremacy.
Despite its mission statement, the organization effectively operates as a left-wing think tank. As City Journal notes, the SPLC operated “Hatewatch” exists to publish partisan attacks on groups with right-of-center positions. Conservative groups are labeled as extremists, while destructive, Left-wing organizations like Antifa are virtually ignored.
Thanks to its prolific fundraising operations, the organization has successfully monetized its left-wing smear campaigns. The SPLC’s assets exceed half a billion dollars with $121 million residing in offshore bank accounts alone.
Mr. Lee’s goals, as written in his presentation, include, “teaching students to understand and accept people’s similarities and differences and learn to treat everyone with dignity and respect.” Following the presentation, The College Fix also reports that Mr. Lee assigned students an exercise titled “Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Class Bingo,” which aimed to highlight their differences.
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Updated – August 19, 2021