Students who avoid making eye contact could be guilty of racism, Oxford University says

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2017/04/22/students-avoid-making-eye-contact-could-guiltyof-racism-oxford/

The university’s Equality and Diversity Unit has advised students that “not speaking directly to people” could be deemed a “racial microaggression” which can lead to “mental ill-health”.
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The University of Glasgow has started issuing “trigger warnings” for theology students studying the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, whereby students are told they may see distressing images and are given the opportunity to leave.
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Or not making eye contact is a sign of social anxiety or autism to suggest not making eye contact is racist is a micro aggression against those with mental health disorders.

People need to stop trying to be victims.
This is not coming from people trying to be victims. This is coming from members of the administration trying (perhaps a bit too hard) to make people aware of unconscious bias. I personally don't have a problem with trying to make people more self-aware ... though I do understand that many chafe at the idea, and ultimately, it's probably a lost cause.
 

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This is not coming from people trying to be victims. This is coming from members of the administration trying (perhaps a bit too hard) to make people aware of unconscious bias. I personally don't have a problem with trying to make people more self-aware ... though I do understand that many chafe at the idea, and ultimately, it's probably a lost cause.
Probably best oxbridge students are less up themselves.
 

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Or not making eye contact is a sign of social anxiety or autism to suggest not making eye contact is racist is a micro aggression against those with mental health disorders.

People need to stop trying to be victims.
My first thought as well. One of the things that identifies Aspergers is the inability to make eye contact. This proposal definitely singles out those on the spectrum. The original point winds up singling out a separate population to call out.
 

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I prefer to not make eye contact with strangers at all, unless I have to. I generally prefer to keep my eyes on my own paper. If someone engages me I will meet their eye and be friendly but given the option I prefer to not engage.

Is it still racist if as a white male I don't make eye contact with other white people?
 
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Hmm, I mean one can easily jump off the deep end over this news, or they could read into it. They're talking about treating different races differently.

I certainly understand where they're coming from - a relative once married a guy (don't worry she divorced him!) who turned out to be a chauvinist, he helped build one of my parents houses but he always refused to make eye contact or speak to my mother. When she spoke he talked over her and disregarded her opinion entirely. Nobody in our family liked him. But he was a cheap architect.

Not acknowledging a minority race is pretty bad. Why would one even do that?
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My first thought as well. One of the things that identifies Aspergers is the inability to make eye contact. This proposal definitely singles out those on the spectrum. The original point winds up singling out a separate population to call out.
Yup. However, this article is about not making eye contact with specific groups of people. Don't get caught up in their fake news :)
 
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Oh well, with all the time people spend looking at their electronic devices I'm not really surprised they have to get guidance on how to interact with another human being.
Lol. Now they will say that looking at your iPhone is racist. Is it racist if you have a black iPhone?
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Or not making eye contact is a sign of social anxiety or autism to suggest not making eye contact is racist is a micro aggression against those with mental health disorders.

People need to stop trying to be victims.
My first thought as well. One of the things that identifies Aspergers is the inability to make eye contact. This proposal definitely singles out those on the spectrum. The original point winds up singling out a separate population to call out.
This very thought - and precise example - had occurred to me, as well.