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Transcript of Microaggression
making sh*t people say conscious
have you seen these videos?
What is microaggression?
Share your neighbor
about a time you...
"I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man."
In announcing his presidential run, Senator Joe Biden was asked what he thought about Barak Obama.
AS AN ALLY
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Goals for this presentation
1. understand what microaggression is
2. be more aware of the impact of your statements, questions, and assumptions
3. learn what you can do when microaggression happen
* can make you feel uncomfortable because of how someone says something to you or act towards you
* can be subtle
* is sometimes caused by curiosity
* thought to be compliments
* is offensive and can hurt people
source: Sue, D.W. (2010). Microaggressions in everyday life: Race, gender, and sexual orientation. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley
*experienced a microaggression from someone
*witnessed a microaggression happen to someone
*committed a microaggresion to someone
what was the underlying message? how did you feel?
what are some things that stood out to you?
At a political rally, a supporter told McCain, "I don't trust Obama... He's an Arab."
McCain shook his head and stated, "No ma'am... He's a decent, family man, a citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with. He's not...!"
1. recognize your assumptions and fears
2. interact with diverse people
3. be open to discuss and to ask
4. "CALL iT IN": recognize them
WHAT YOU CAN DO
AS THE IMPACTED
1. don't be defensive -> be calm
2. choose your battles
3. "CALL iT IN" : be open to discuss how that impacted you
"brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities,
whether intentional or unintentional,
that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial, gender, sexual orientation, religious (and other identities- ability, ethnicity) slights,
and insults to the target person or group (marginalized)"