[Ed. – What a relief it will be a decade from now, when this all seems like an antique run of inexplicable insanity.]
A professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has created an app for students to report microaggressions on campus.
Christy Byrd, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, created the app to gather more data on the amount and types of microaggressions that were occurring on campus. Between November 2015 and June 2016, Byrd’s app recorded 477 reports of microaggressions from over 250 students.
Professor Byrd created the app partially in response to her concern that microaggressions harm campus culture as well as the well-being of students. “My feeling is that a campus is a community, like a family,” Byrd says. “If your mother has a particular way she likes to stack her bowls in the dishwasher, even if you disagree, you go along with it because you love her. In terms of microaggressions and other offensive language, if someone tells you that what you … You might still disagree, but if you care about that person and want them as part of your community–your family–you go along with it.”
The app doesn’t define microaggressions for users and instead relies on users to submit any incident that they believe might constitute a microaggression.