It’s Just Be Cause time again, and Mr Arudou tackles what he labels "microagression", but what I would call "making small talk". It’s difficult for me to find any stand-out nonsense, but I think my readers more versed in the social sciences may be able to fight their way through verbiage like "since NJ subordination is so constant and renewed in daily interaction that it becomes normalized".
The second half fortunately uses smaller words:
Sooner or later you have to take a taxi, deal with a restaurateur, have words with your neighbors. And then [...] you begin to dread interacting with the outside world.
Yes indeed, every interaction is doomed to microagressive failure. As usual, replacing "you" for "I", or "my Debito.org commenters" helps make sense of what he is trying to say.
The power of microaggression is perhaps a reason why activists like me occasion such venomous and obsessive criticism, even online stalkers.
Nope, that would be macroagression, and as you have defined microagression as racially based, it would only be 空 and ponta, perhaps, that would qualify. The rest of the article gets all very CJ-ish, quite frankly.
And we will gain the appropriate respect for those brave enough to stand up to it.
BTW, the replies to last month’s column are out too, with a two-to-one pro-Arudou ratio.