LET’S TALK ABOUT MICROAGGRESSIONS This is something that’s6/3/2021, 3:47:49 PM
LET’S TALK ABOUT MICROAGGRESSIONS This is something that’s been on my mind a lot recently. A lot of the conversation right now is addressing overt racism, which is an extremely important thing because it’s still clearly very rampant in this country. However because of that, a lot of white people can easily say they aren’t racist because they are not a part of that overt racism. But maybe, whether you’re aware or not, you’re perpetuating microaggressions. In order to properly evaluate your own microaggressions, it’s important to be brutally honest with yourself. Were your actions/words genuinely made out of ignorance or did you knowingly minimize the potential harm it could cause? I’m not a psychologist and I’m not going to pretend to be expert on this topic. However as a Black woman, I have experienced well over my fair share of microaggressions from friends and strangers alike. In my personal experience, it’s often comments that are meant to be compliments to me, but simultaneously diminish or degrade the Black community as a whole. It’s offensive and uncomfortable, and left unchecked leads to more overt racist ideas. If you hear me speak and are surprised at my level of education enough to comment on it, that directly sends a message that you don’t expect Black people to be educated or be able to communicate well. If you’ve been hearing, “do the work...educate yourself” a lot this week, and maybe don’t know where to start, here is a good place. Look it up, read some studies, self-evaluate. These things may seem small, but small seeds of discrimination grow roots. These are things Black Americans face daily and taking the time to address it while have a big impact long term.