Saying ‘America Is a Melting Pot’ Is a Microaggression, Purdue Class Teaches

Alissa Lopez, College Fix, April 14, 2016

A business class at Purdue University teaches students the phrase “America is a melting pot” is a microaggression, according to class handouts obtained by The College Fix. That phrase is among at least a dozen examples students were recently instructed on in the Management 301 course.

Additional microaggressions listed on the worksheet include: “Where are you from,” “There is only one race, the human race,” “Everyone can succeed in society if they work hard enough” and “I believe the most qualified person should get the job.”

These phrases are problematic because they promote the “myth of meritocracy” or represent “statements which assert that race or gender does not play a role in life successes,” the handout stated. Others are said to be color blind, apparently a bad thing that indicates “that a white person does not want to or need to acknowledge race,” according to the handout.

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The information was presented to students in a lecture titled “Diversity Issues in the World of Work,” a presentation created by Alvin Lee Jr., a human resources training specialist at Purdue University.

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The 31-page PowerPoint presentation, a copy of which was obtained by The College Fix, also warns students that there are hundreds of active hate groups operating in the U.S. today–a statistic pulled from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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