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Racial Microaggressions

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Kristina Lopez

on 13 November 2013

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Transcript of Racial Microaggressions

Microaggressions Impact on the Therapeutic Process
the invisible nature of acts of aversive racism prevents perpetrators from realizing and confronting

(a) their own complicity in creating psychological dilemmas for minorities

(b) their role in creating disparities in employment,
health care, and education
Forms of Microaggressions
Therapist Characteristics
(a) awareness of oneself as a racial/cultural being and of the biases, stereotypes, and assumptions that influence worldviews

(b) awareness of the worldviews of culturally diverse clients.
Brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, and environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial, gender, sexual orientation, and religious slights and insults to the target person or group, (Sue, 2010).
an explicit racial derogation characterized
primarily by a verbal or nonverbal attack meant to hurt the intended victim through name-calling, avoidant behavior, or purposeful discriminatory actions.
characterized by communications that exclude, negate, or nullify the psychological thoughts,
feelings, or experiential reality of a person of color.
Microaggression Themes
Aliens in One’s Own Land
Ascription of Intelligence
Color Blindness
Criminality/Assumption of Criminal Status
Use of Sexist/Heterosexist Language
Denial of Individual Racism/Sexism/Heterosexism
Myth of Meritocracy
Psychological Dilemmas
Dilemma 1: Clash of Racial Realities
Dilemma 2: The Invisibility of Unintentional
Expressions of Bias
Dilemma 3: Perceived Minimal Harm of
Racial Microaggressions
Dilemma 4: The Catch-22 of Responding to
Pathologizing Cultural Values/Communication Styles
Second-Class Citizen
Culturally Insensitive/Antagonistic Treatment
Traditional Gender Role Prejudicing and Stereotyping
Sexual Objectification
Assumption of Abnormality
Group Discussion
Describe a time when you committed a microaggression. What was the underlying message? How did you feel? What did you do?

Describe a time when you experienced a microaggression. What was the underlying message? How did you feel? What did you do?

Describe a time when you witnessed a microaggression. What was the underlying message? How did you feel? What did you do?
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