Wonders never cease in western Nevada County, where the left hand never knows (or cares) what the right hand is doing. We are supposed to be promoting a “young, old” economic-development strategy in our community: recruiting millennials, or adults around the age of 30 looking for a less dense, more affordable area to live, as well as the entrepreneurial retirees from the ages of 55 to 65.
But you’d never know that from reading the local hard-right political blogs dominated by angry curmudgeons. In a recent post, George Rebane praises a recent article in The Atlantic titled “The Coddling of the American Mind.”
It basically argues that “scholarship” is suffering at the hands of emotional sensitivity on college campuses.
What Rebane ignores is that others feel that feeling safe and respected is a prerequisite for any learning environment. More details are here.
In fact, what the millennials are complaining about is the insidious remnants of American bigotry, known as “microaggressions.” More details are here.
Donald Trump is a master of the “microaggression,” along with some of our local hard-right bloggers and commenters.
“Microaggressions, as these academics describe them, are quiet, often unintended slights — racist or sexist — that make a person feel underestimated on the basis of their color or gender,” as Time magazine explains.
But to Rebane and his commenters it’s all a big joke. “This is turning into Berkeley East,” writes “Walt,” on Rebane’s blog. Or “What are these soft shelled snowflakes (SSS) going do when it is time to get a job?” writes Russ Steele. Or “They have the EEOC Russ,” writes Todd Juvinall.
What sound-minded millennial would want to come here when they read this foolish commentary? What a drag on our community.