So, where are you from?
That’s a standard opening question you’re not allowed to ask on many university campuses anymore!
The University of California has provided the world with a list of “microaggressions”, a guideline to help you avoid the terms and questions that may offend others.
The term “microaggressions” refers to “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color.”
According to academic resources, asking something as simple as “where are you from” suggests to the recipient that they’re a foreigner in their own country, that they’re not a true Canadian, or American.
Is there anything wrong with using that question as an icebreaker? Are you being unintentionally discriminative, racist or aggressive?
Even the term politically correct is a “microaggression”. Staff at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Inclusive Excellence Center have deemed the phrase to be a politically-incorrect “microaggression.”
What do you think?
Here’s a complete list of the no-no microaggressions: CLICK HERE!