The Micro-Aggression Minefield: An Essay

If you have been reading my blog at all the past few years, you will know that I am strongly opposed to the devastating political correctness culture that pervades our nation today.

The PC that is rampant in schools, college campuses and the nation’s political and social discourse is a fanatical, mind-numbing, intractable view of the world that inhibits free speech and represses rational and cogent debate.

More than that, PC has spawned classes of people who see themselves as victims—the perpetually and relentlessly aggrieved. These are people who demand that schools use gender-neutral nouns and pronouns and disparage the use of words like “illegal alien,” “male,” “female” and any language that they deem “non-inclusive.” At some universities, white students are rebuked for failing to “defer” to nonwhite students.

The other day I picked up a forceful, well-argued essay entitled: The Cocked Fist Culture: Crossing the Micro-Aggressions Minefield.

I am sure none of my liberal friends will read it because it appeared in the Weekly Standard, not exactly required reading for those left of center.


In a nutshell, the essay says what we have for decades called political correctness has now morphed in a whole new era of so-called “micro-aggressions.”

These are “perceived” minor slights by those who feel they are victims: fat people, skinny people, black people, short people, tall people, white people, yellow people, red people, dumb people, smart people, you-name-it people—anybody who has ever felt snubbed or offended by something someone else said or did, even if the person causing offense had no idea he or she had even done anything so reprehensible.

In other words, “micro-aggression”—an affront so minor, so insignificant that it would take a three-dimensional scanning electron microscope to see it.

The author of the essay, Matt Labash, tongue-in-cheek, explained it this way:

“Of all the spirited new events in the Oppression Olympics—rescinding commencement-address invitations to speakers whose politics you dislike, accosting presidential candidates to see if they correctly answer which-colored lives matter, etc.—there is none so perplexing as that of “micro-aggression,” an indignity so microscopic that you’d have to be a critical race theorist, MSNBC pundit, or college sophomore even to detect it.”

Rather than reproduce and paraphrase Labash’s essay, I have attached it below as a .pdf.

I urge you to read it. You will not be sorry and after you finish you will have a much better understanding of the kind of micro-aggression lunacy and foolishness that has reached epidemic status in our nation.

The Cocked Fist Culture