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Not looking someone in the eye is racist according to Oxford

WARNINGS: Oxford University

OXFORD UNIVERSITY students have been told that they may be be exhibiting racist behaviour if they fail to look another student in the eye or talk to them directly.

The news came from The Oxford equality and diversity unit who warned their students through a list of “micro-aggressions” sent out in its Trinity term newsletter.

Undergraduates were also told not to ask a black or ethnic minority student where they are from "originally", and that joking about someone’s accent may be racist.

The newsletter reads: "Sometimes called 'micro-aggressions', subtle everyday racism can appear trivial.”

"But repeated micro-aggressions can be tiring and alienating (and can lead to mental ill health).

"Racial micro-aggressions might include not making eye contact or speaking directly to people; not believing someone is British ('Where are you from? No, I mean originally ...'); 'jokes' drawing attention to someone's difference, their accent or nationality."

The newsletter said that it was working to address the issue by raising awareness "of this type of subtle racism" in its training for people working within the university.

"Some people who do these things may be entirely well-meaning and would be mortified to realise that they had caused offence," it reads.

According to The Standard, A spokeswoman for the university said: "The equality and diversity unit works with university bodies to ensure that the university's pursuit of excellence goes hand in hand with freedom from discrimination and equality of opportunity and the newsletter is one way of advising and supporting staff towards achieving these aims."

UPDATE: Oxford University have since issued an apology via Twitter, which stated, 'In a series of tweets, the university replied: "We made a mistake. Our newsletter was too brief to deal adequately and sensibly with the issue."

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