In the last issue of the Muckraker, Paul Chander wrote a piece called Don’t Be Gliberal in which he argued that, “students’ current campaign to call out microaggressions reveals an almost-eagerness to wallow in (often misinterpreted) victimization and retreat into siloed tribalism, rather than a willingness to educate with maturity so that all students can learn and grow together.”
Microaggressions have been a topic of debate on campuses and in the media, and Paul was taking a stance that deviated from the prevailing wisdom held by others who see themselves as similarly committed to racial and social justice.
Paul’s writing provoked a contentious response by Arielle Reid on Facebook, which in turn started a comment thread full of serious and seriously factious opinions. It may have started other conversations that we don’t know about.
We hope that minds are challenged, expanded, and changed through spirited engagement with diverse experience and opinion. Facilitating the robust exchange of ideas requires that voices – including disenfranchised, dissenting, discontent voices – be heard and respected. How does this issue’s Soapbox challenge, expand, and change your mind?
Gliberal and Proud (BY: Arielle Reid)
Violence of Microaggressions (BY: Sofie Syed)