Those who make up these rules should be ignored by rational people.

David Hookstead reported at the College Fix.

Wisconsin university dubs ‘America is a melting pot’ a racial microaggression

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point officials have advised faculty that the term “America is a melting pot” is a racial microaggression.

The common phrase was among a list of examples of so-called racial microaggressions used “as a discussion item for some new faculty and staff training over the past few years,” a campus official told The College Fix in an email.

Other phrases on the list included: “You are a credit to your race,” “where are you from,” “there is only one race, the human race,” “I believe the most qualified person should get the job” and “everyone can succeed in this society if they work hard enough.”

The list is very similar to a list of microaggressions distributed by University of California system administrators in voluntary faculty trainings held over the last school year. That list suggested similar phrases to the ones distributed by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

In the case of Wisconsin, the document is broken down into three columns: theme, microaggression and message. It lists “everyone can succeed in this society, if they work hard enough” and “I believe the most qualified person should get the job” racial microaggressions because those phrases supposedly send the message that “people of color are given extra unfair benefits because of their race. People of color are lazy and/or incompetent and need to work harder.”

Another common phrase listed is “America is a melting pot” because, according to the document, it represents a message that minorities must “assimilate/acculturate to the dominant culture.”

The list has been widely circulated this week by several news outlets, which criticized the university for chilling free speech and free expression on campus.

However, a campus official told The College Fix in an email that any suggestions that UW-Stevens Point had banned professors from saying the phrases are false.