How mad and bad is this idea. Cambridge University launches tool for students to report academics for alleged racism such as “raising eyebrows when a black member of staff or student is speaking.”
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This had passed me by. Did you know that Cambridge University has introduced an anonymous reporting tool which allows students to denounce members of the academic faculty for “micro-transgressions”?
The tool-called Report + Support- was launched this month. The list provided by the university includes “raising eyebrows when a black member of staff or student is speaking” and “making back handed compliments.”
The definition of racism on the website states it is “a system where people from a racially minoritized backgrounds are more likely than white people to face multiple obstacles in life, from being targets or direct or indirect discrimination and micro-aggressions.”
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Professor Samuel Abulafia, a distinguished professor of Mediterranean history at Cambridge for 35 years said; “Under that definition, my white Jewish ancestors were not victims of racism-its nonsensical.
Of course people are free to embrace these beliefs if they wish to do so, that’s part of a free society but to impose them on everyone else is quite extraordinary.”
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The man who has brought in this idea was the university’s Vice Chancellor Stephen Toope. He’s a human right scholar. That explains it all.
You wouldn’t want to be an academic at Cambridge where every movement every phrase can be reported anonymously by a disgruntled student who didn’t enjoy the last assessment of his work. This is a dangerous idea and should be scrapped.
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