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The Pseudo-Science of Microaggressions

The last campus fad of finding "microaggressions" targets not just conservatives but also liberal and progressive faculty and administration who commit unconscious acts against a myriad of identity groups, of race, gender, disability, LGBTQ, religion, and every other category of “social justice.” In this essay, CEO research fellow Althea Nagai looks at racial microaggressions, where the microaggressions concept and theory originated, and the ways in which the research behind it falls far below traditionally accepted social science standards. 

This piece originally appeared in the special section “Wrong Turns, Dead Ends, and the Way Back,” in the Spring 2017 Academic Questions(volume 30, number 1).