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It is becoming more difficult for educators to elude the oppressive imaginings of diversity squads on college campuses.

Professors are loath to admit that the classroom has become a minefield where they routinely risk a combustible encounter with an angry student. “You show me an angry student” says a retired college administrator, “and I’ll show you a complaint about racial bias,” he wrote in a now-deleted post.

“Implicit bias,” and the even more obscure, “microaggressions,” cover a nebulous area of academic terrain, but that doesn’t stop students from harming careers of perceived offenders.

Educators are now caught in the crosshairs of today’s grievance culture. There are legions of complaints filed by Social Justice Warriors (AKA students), but one recent action serves as an excellent exemplar of the lengths to which students will stretch to find something — or anything — to ensure the ideologic cleansing of their classrooms.

In this case, a physician-instructor learned she was on the receiving end of a complaint filed by a first-year medical student at a well-known university. Apparently, she had offended the student’s “ethnic sensibilities.” The drama ensued over the instructor’s selection of six slides (repeat six) showcasing a cross-section of patients for a basic course on taking a history and physical. The student “felt” her ethnic group was shortchanged with only one-slide featuring African-Americans.

When peering through a viewfinder of racism, where everything lacks racial parity, the student was bound to make a simple mathematical mistake. Not that it should matter, but the instructor — who remains mindful of SJWs on campus — deliberately selected two slides of African-Americans, two of Hispanics and one Asian. The token white patient made up the sixth slide.

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