Simmons College, an all-girls college in Boston, has an extensive list of microaggressions on their website with categories including: “anti-racism,” “anti-transmisia,” “anti-ableism,” among others. Curiously enough, though, one seemingly timeless display of politeness has been categorized as a microaggression that established one’s own religious status as the standard.
It seems parents who taught their children to say “God bless you” after someone sneezes are outdated bigoted Jesus-freaks, because, as the school would put it, saying the term is “[Assuming] of One’s Own Religious Identity as the Norm.” Now, let’s unwrap the fact that the word “god” is not a purely Christian or Catholic concept by any chance, nor is a blessing, and the term is not “Christian god bless you” or “my god bless you”, but simply “God bless you”. I suppose you could say the term is god-neutral?
This is a short story for a short-minded and clearly ill-conceived notion concept, but let’s make one thing clear; as a society we have many issues to deal with, including actual life-size aggression, and if people cannot deal with a very small version of the aforementioned aggression perhaps they should feel free to separate themselves from society altogether.
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