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Saturday, April 29, 2017

UK student union believes deaf people are fragile snowflakes

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Silly Old England's largest national student union told its annual conference goers that they would face "consequences" if they cheered and/or clapped because doing so would exclude deaf people. Using that logic, then talking at the conference would do exactly the same thing.

The National Union of Students (NUS) held a two-day conference Tuesday, which includes most of the university student unions. During the talks, audience members were repeatedly admonished and warned that they must stop expressing support or whooping it up for a speaker because it has "serious impact" on the accessibility of the conference the The Telegraph reports.

In lieu of applauding, the students were directed to use "jazz hands"-- waving their hands in the air but avoiding making contact with both hands as a noise is created buy doing so. This noise cannot be heard by the deaf student in the audience and this might make him feel excluded.

The union's committee member Estelle Hart, chaired a session Thursday and told students: "No whooping, it does have a serious impact on some delegates ability to access conference." She later had to remind them, "gentle reminder not to whoop."
Jazz hands
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Whooping and clapping has come under attack in the past by the student union. Some NUS events banned clapping because it might "trigger anxiety," and new calls are pouring in by union leaders on the far left to not speak out loud as the deaf student in the crowd cannot hear the tone of voice being used to make a point. They should only be permitted to move their lips and the audience must read them.

While there is absolutely no objective proof about the assertion that it might trigger anxiety anymore than it might trigger explosive diarrhea, political correctness has nothing to do with science or logic--it's all about feelings. 

Nothing more than feelings.

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