STIGMATISING INTROVERSION – According to one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world, you’re not shy, just racist:
Students who avoid making eye contact with their peers could be guilty of racism, according to Oxford University’s latest guidance.
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”.
Other examples of “everyday racism” include asking someone where they are “originally” from, students were told.
Oxford University’s Equality and Diversity Unit explains in its Trinity term newsletter that “some people who do these things may be entirely well-meaning, and would be mortified to realise that they had caused offence.
“But this is of little consequence if a possible effect of their words or actions is to suggest to people that they may fulfil a negative stereotype, or do not belong”.
As an introvert I find it an appalling prejudice against socially awkward people. Likewise, I know a lot of people who don’t look at me when they’re talking to me. Previously, I thought they were just uncomfortable with direct eye contact, but now I know that they’re really bigots against white Eastern European males.
As Sir Isaac Newton (a Cambridge man himself) once famously said about the scientific progress, “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Today’s academic dwarfs aren’t there to gaze further but to piss on the heads on the generations of genuine scholars who came before them.