Avoiding making eye contact with someone or asking where they are originally from have been deemed as racist micro-aggressions in a newsletter issued by Oxford University.
The institution’s Equality and Diversity Unit states these two common behaviours could potentially cause the listener ‘mental ill-health’.
The Trinity term newsletter claims asking someone where they are ‘originally’ from implies that the questioner does not believe they are British.
An undergraduate researcher at the University of Wisconsin–Madison has gained national acclaim for her research showing, she says, that members of minority groups feel oppressed by standard, grammatical English.
The researcher is Erika Gallagher, reports The Daily Cardinal, the student newspaper on the taxpayer-funded campus.