Oxford University sorry for eye contact racism claim

Oxford College has apologised for saying that avoiding eye contact could possibly be “on a regular basis racism” after it was accused of discriminating towards autistic folks.

The declare was included in a listing of “racial micro-aggressions” in an equality and variety unit e-newsletter.

However the college was criticised for being “insensitive” to autistic individuals who can battle making eye contact.

It stated it had made a mistake and never taken disabilities into consideration.

The college initially stated “racial micro-aggressions” may embody: “Not making eye contact or talking on to folks.”

It described the behaviours as “delicate, on a regular basis racism” which may be alienating.


However Twitter customers criticised the e-newsletter and lecturers argued the steering was “trivialising racism”.

David M. Davis tweeted: “That is simply discrimination towards autistic folks. One signal of autism is avoiding eye contact. How dare Oxford be so insensitive.”

In a collection of tweets, the college replied: “We made a mistake. Our e-newsletter was too temporary to deal adequately and sensibly with the problem.

“We’re sorry that we took no account of different causes for distinction in eye contact and social interplay, together with incapacity.

“Oxford deeply values and works laborious to help college students and workers with disabilities, together with these with autism or social anxiousness dysfunction.”

Emeritus professor of sociology on the University of Kent, Prof Frank Furedi, stated the e-newsletter’s authors “want a actuality verify”.


Revealed at Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:03:33 +0000