The funny thing about Social Justice rhetoric is that the ideology is so self-contradictory and arbitrary that no matter how hard you try to abide by it, you’ll only end up making things worse. There’s always someone more oppressed than you, someone more offended than you, and someone better at virtue signalling than you, which means that no matter how hard you try to please them, you’ll always fall short.
Oxford university decided to jump on the progressive bandwagon by giving racial advice to its students, suggesting that students who avoid eye contact could be guilty of racism. However, the school has had to issue an apology after they were informed that the advice they issued out was offensive to autistic people:
Oxford University has apologised for suggesting that students who avoid eye contact could be guilty of racism, after it was accused of discriminating against autistic people.
The university’s Equality and Diversity Unit has advised students in their Trinity term newsletter that it could be deemed a “racial microaggression” which can lead to “mental ill-health”.
Other examples of “everyday racism” include “not speaking directly to people” and asking someone where they are “originally” from, students were told.
But the university has now distanced itself from the guidance, and issued an apology after it was criticised for being “insensitive” to autistic people who struggle to make eye contact.
As soon the school sent out its newsletter detailing its list of progressive ways of avoiding microaggressions, people begun accusing them of discriminating against autistic people. Some individuals suggested that because some autistic people find it difficult to maintain eye contact, expecting people to maintain eye contact is a form of discrimination against them. Oxford quickly apologized:
David M. Davis wrote on Twitter: “This is just discrimination against autistic people. One sign of autism is avoiding eye contact. How dare Oxford be so insensitive.”
In a series of messages on the social media site, the university replied: “We made a mistake. Our newsletter was too brief to deal adequately and sensibly with the issue.
“We are sorry that we took no account of other reasons for difference in eye contact and social interaction, including disability.
“Oxford deeply values and works hard to support students and staff with disabilities, including those with autism or social anxiety disorder.”
With social Justice warriors, you can never win. Of course, there’s always the possibility that the “offended students” who forced Oxford into issuing an apology are just Internet trolls taking the piss. These days, you can never really tell.