Ivy League prof paints ‘microaggressions’ as ‘toxic rain’ in lecture

  • A Columbia University professor will be giving a "microaggressions" lecture at Washington & Lee University on Wednesday.
  • He paints the concept as "toxic rain" in the title of his presentation.

A Columbia University psychology professor will be giving a “microaggressions” lecture Wednesday at Washington and Lee University.

Columbia professor Derald Wing Sue will give “Microaggressions: Toxic Rain on College Campuses” at the Virginia school at an event sponsored by Washington and Lee’s Department of Cognitive and Behavioral Science and the Root Lecture Fund, according to a Washington & Lee news release

“Although microaggressions often seem harmless to observers..."   

Sue has written a number of books on related subjects of racism and “microaggressions.” The professor also co-founded the Asian American Psychological Association with his brother. 

[RELATED: Harvard to interrogate profs accused of ‘microaggressions’]

Sue recently wrote about “microinterventions,” or tactics used by individuals  in order to stop “microaggressions.”

“Although microaggressions often seem harmless to observers, they are considered a form of everyday discrimination that can have a cumulative and negative psychological impact,” Washington & Lee spokeswoman Erica Turman said in the news release.

Campus Reform has previously reported on students being punished for “microaggressions” in class, as well as schools encouraging students to report “microaggressions” to authorities by filling out bias reports. 

One University of California, Los Angeles professor even argued that “microaggressions” can be lethal.

[RELATED: Microaggressions can be ‘lethal,’ profs tell Berkeley students]

Washington and Lee College Republicans and College Democrats did not respond to multiple media inquiries in time for publication. Sue declined to comment, saying merely “all promotional information is handled by” the school.

Turman told Campus Reform that she had forwarded a media inquiry onto a professor facilitating Sue’s event, but did not provide further information in follow-up correspondence.

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Seth Segal is a New York Campus Correspondent, reporting on liberal bias and abuse for Campus Reform. He attends graduate school at Yeshiva University.

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