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UMiami warns students about using ‘dismissive’ phrase ‘OK Boomer’

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Campus Reform
December 31, 2019

The University of Miami is warning students of the implications of using the phrase “OK Boomer,” a term that the school says may be considered offensive.

The university recently called its students attention to the potentially problematic use of the “dismissive” phrase in a post by Associate Director, Communications & Public Relations Barbara Gutierrez published on the university news site.

The post explained to students that the phrase that “may have debuted on the social platform TikTok” is perceived by “older folks” as a “manifestation of polarization and intolerance for diverse views,” an intolerance that the school points out “seems to be prevalent in today’s society.”

“Others blame it on pent up frustration by the newer generations who have inherited a planet plagued by the ravages of climate change, increasing student loan debt, and an economy that makes it difficult for them to lead independent lives,” explains the university.

While Gutierrez presents viewpoints of students and professors who both find the phrase offensive and those who do not, the post makes clear that the post is “dismissive” and meant to portray an entire generation as “out of touch,” and “technologically impaired.”
The warning includes a quote from history professor Donald Spivey who attests that he is proud to be considered a “boomer.”

“I attended college in the 1960s and had the experience, the honor, and the pleasure of coming of age in what was, without a doubt, the greatest era of consciousness-building in the American nation,” said Spivey. “As a boomer, you experienced the world at war and at peace, the civil rights movement, and the many tumultuous social, political, and intellectual struggles around you every day.”

Campus Reform reached out to the university for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

This article was posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 9:39 am

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