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Microaggressions And Trigger Warnings Comprise Clemson RA Training

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Clemson university students “must demonstrate a commitment to social justice” if they wish to become resident assistants (RAs).

This stipulation appears under the “Engaging in Global Citizenship” set of criteria on the job description for Clemson’s RAs, reported Campus Reform.

Aspiring RAs must participate in a nine-day training involving methods to combat microaggressions and “defense mechanisms” to be used against “triggers.”

An RA who asked to remain anonymous said that he and his fellow RAs-in-training were “encouraged to take note of microaggressions as RAs and confront the micro-aggressor about their use of language” while speaking with Campus Reform.

“Sometimes we think about ‘gay’ as a substitute for ‘weird,’ ‘silly,’ ‘stupid,’ but is that really? And I apologize if using this word in this scenario is harmful to anybody in the audience. I should have clarified that, I apologize,” said the training’s proctor in an audio recording attained by Campus Reform.

“How long before this type of speech gets banned in the pursuit of banning all hate speech? I think this session was a front for a future endeavor to push a larger position of outlawing certain types of speech,” said the anonymous RA to Campus Reform.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Clemson for comment, but received none in time for press.

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