By: Kyle James | 10-03-2018 | News
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Trigger Alert!: University of Manchester Bans Clapping

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The students' union at the University of Manchester has banned clapping on campus because it is too "triggering" for some. Clapping is usually a sign of appreciation and up until now has been associated with a positive gesture. Now, social justice warriors in the far-left universities are pushing forward with their battle to co-opt words and their definitions to re-write them into their bizarre versions that the rest of us just have to accept or else be viewed as bigots, homophobes, or racists.

What is ironic about trying to protect grown adults from the sound of clapping is that they are creating a false reality of their own in a bubble that exists within the university. This could be more harmful than helpful for students who are not be adequately prepared for the real world and are being pampered to the point that even the sound of two palms making contact is somehow hurtful to them.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This is nothing new. When I was back at <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ManchesterUniversity</a> I was involved in a number of plays in the Students’ Union, after which there was little or no clapping 😬: University of Manchester Students&#39; Union bans clapping <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; George Rainsford (@georgerainsford) <a href="">October 2, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The banning of clapping will apply to student union events. The University of Manchester Students' Union passed the resolution to ban clapping at the first Senate session of the academic school year on September 27, the student newspaper the Mancunion reports. Instead of clapping to show appreciation, a document drafted by the union suggests using "jazz hands" instead. What are jazz hands? Well, it's something like putting your hands in the air and flailing them from left to right in what is in fact, a silent gesture.

"It was argued that the loud noise of traditional clapping and whooping pose an issue to students with anxiety or sensory issues. BSL clapping – or, jazz hands – would be a more inclusive form of expression," the union said. The idea that expression that involves making an audible noise is somehow traumatic is a symptom of a larger problem with liberal universities that are ruining an entire generation with their politically correct, far-left propaganda.

A similar case of social justice gone too far occurred recently when an editor for "Homophobia: How We All Pay the Price" and co-editor of "Readings for Diversity and Social Justice," Dr. Warren J. Blumenfeld suggested that the term "veteran" be expanded to include social justice warriors after he was standing in line and a veteran in front of him got a discount for being a veteran. "Isn’t it time to expand the definition of veteran to include those who advocate for change through peace?" Blumenfeld wrote.

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That is probably more absurd than banning clapping in favor of jazz hands, at least jazz hands is British Sign Language for clapping. The University of Manchester Students' Union Senate makes the decisions about what the Students' Union should believe and act on, according to their website. In order for a motion to pass in the Senate, it needs at least 66% of the vote. The person behind the motion is Liberation and Access Officer Sara Khan who called it "Making Senate More Accessible."

The motion mandates the swapping out of audible clapping for BSL clapping at Students' Union events to "encourage student groups and societies to do the same, and to include BSL clapping as a part of inclusion training." Naturally, the motion has been ridiculed on social media with some users pointing it out as another example of the "snowflake generation." It is hard to deny that brutally honest take.

Even Piers Morgan got in on the action and tweeted, "Britain's losing its mind." Dean Goddard also chimed in saying, "Send them to Old Trafford. They'll never need to clap there!" Another social media user wrote, "I have severe anxiety and major depression NO CLAPPING SHOULD NOT BE BANNED!!! How ridiculous, what next ban children from laughing? You're just catering to the illness instead of helping people to get over it."

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Everyone&#39;s got an opinion on clapping being banned at University of Manchester Students&#39; Union events. Here&#39;s psychology professor Sir Cary Cooper&#39;s take on it. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; BBC North West (@BBCNWT) <a href="">October 2, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Some users asked if it was an early April Fools Day joke. Another wrote, "What hope has anyone got if the sound of clapping sets them off? Our generation is a shambles." Surprisingly, the University of Manchester isn't the first university to adopt the policy of no clapping. Last year in April the University of Durham proposed a motion that said all clapping should be banned from NUS events.

The University of Durham said the "access needs of disabled students are disregarded/overlooked in terms of conference member behavior and NUS structures." It also called for "reduced cheering or unnecessary loud noises on the conference floor, including whooping and clapping." Despite the ban, a spokesman for the NUS said they don't "actively stop our members from clapping, they choose to be respectful and enable other people to get involved."

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8 Comment/s
Southern Son No. 38534 2018-10-03 : 01:12

I fart in their general direction.

ToS No. 38541 2018-10-03 : 03:11

How about banning rude people who carry on loud and obnoxious phone conversations with their speaker turned on so we have to hear both sides of the inane talk. Clapping has nothing on this trigger, makes me want to open the biggest can of whoop-ass I can find.

Barack Hussein Osama No. 38547 2018-10-03 : 06:20

We will transform the great universities by banning speaking of any form in order to allow our students to participate without fear in an environment of higher education. From here forward there will be no speaking in schools. Students are encouraged to use sign language or write their spoken thoughts out on paper and present them to the individual(s) you wish to communicate with.

Fred Ward No. 38561 2018-10-03 : 11:20

How about we just start punching SJW's in the face? Then they'll have a reason to feel triggered. Busybody bitches.

BR549 No. 38563 2018-10-03 : 11:29

Wouldn't the banning of universities in general elminate the possibility of any sort of triggering, exclusion, and general feelings at all? Yeah, let's do that. Einstein said "Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school." Never so true as today.

D3F1ANT No. 38585 2018-10-03 : 14:56

LOL! America isn't too far behind…but the UK has totally flipped it's wig.

Watts No. 38590 2018-10-03 : 16:20

Does this include one hand clapping?

Rage No. 38777 2018-10-06 : 05:34

How about banning student unions that are full of snowflakes who cant cope with shit! Better yet, how about we ban universities that are shaping these mentally ill fools. My advice for these useless failures of human beings is to take a cup of cement, and toughen the fk up!

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