University of North Texas Professor Fired For Mocking ‘Microaggression’ Fliers on Campus
Nathaniel Hiers is no longer a professor at the University of North Texas. He was let go after the administration said he mocked "microaggression" fliers passed out on campus. According to the College Fix, Hiers found a stack of fliers referring to microaggression issues on campus in the faculty lounge and decided to make what he called a "joke." Hiers leaned one of the fliers on the bottom of the chalkboard and wrote above it, "Please don't leave garbage lying around."
is a term used for brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative prejudicial slights and insults toward any group, particularly culturally marginalized groups.
The fliers reportedly came from the University of New Hampshire's ADVANCE PROGRAM and partially focus on phrases like; "America is a melting pot," claiming a term like this can “propagate the ‘myth of meritocracy’ and promote ‘color blindness.’” The fliers also claim that being "forced" to choose male or female when completing basic forms is “sexist/heterosexist.”
In the wake of his firing, Nathaniel Hier filed a First Amendment lawsuit last Thursday (4/16/20) and is being represented by Alliance Defending Freedom. The suit claims Hier was retaliated against and this is viewpoint-based discrimination.
I will now recuse myself from any and all national social discussions of any kind. If this is even a bullet point on the greater agenda in this county, I'll just take the check please. Another day, another "words hurt" topic.
Here's an idea, instead of focusing any energy on language, language use, intent or perceived intent make the life you want and surround yourself with people whose opinions you can tolerate. The reality is no one wants to do that, instead we will all continue to fire hot air at one another about our opinions and feelings while the world melts around us.
Have a ball y'all, I'm out!