Microassaults: Conscious and intentional actions or slurs, such as using racial epithets, displaying swastikas or deliberately serving a white person before a person of color in a restaurant.

Microinsults: Verbal and nonverbal communications that subtly convey rudeness and insensitivity and demean a person’s racial heritage or identity. An example is an employee who asks a colleague of color how she got her job, implying she may have landed it through an affirmative action or quota system.

Microinvalidations: Communications that subtly exclude, negate or nullify the thoughts, feelings or experiential reality of a person of color. For instance, white people often ask Asian-Americans where they were born, conveying the message that they are perpetual foreigners in their own land.

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Dear readers,

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Love, Microaggressions

Awkward Privilege, by Michael Cuauhtémoc Martínez

Host/attend a meetup for Rebuild the Dream

MLK Day weekend is coming up! Please consider commemorating the weekend by hosting or attending a meetup for Rebuild the Dream, in conjunction with the American Dream Movement. It’s easy! You can find resources for your event here, including a discussion guide written by one of very own editors!

Awkward Privilege, by Michael Cuauhtémoc Martínez

One’s experience of a microaggression isn’t always best communicated through words.  Thus, we would like to incorporate visual arts into the Microaggressions Project.  We invite you to contribute artwork inspired by a personal experience of a microaggression or related to an identity for which you have been marginalized.  We are interested in all forms of visual art, including photography, painting, sculpture, multimedia, etc.  If you or others in your community have pieces that fit this description or are interested in creating one, we’d greatly appreciate your contribution!  Submissions will be added to our visualizer to create an interactive, virtual collage.  Please send a digital photo of your artwork along with a brief description of the piece and the microaggression or related identity to   Feel free to email us with your questions and/or comments.  This is a great opportunity to gain far-reaching exposure for your work!  We look forward to your submissions!

Above: Wangechi MuTu, “Female Sex Organs,” 1995

A submission we got:

“Someone at my school posts up the entry from this blog with the implication that the story made a big deal out of something trivial. We had to cancel classes a few weeks back because of an incident of violent hate-crime on campus. Made me scared, angry.”

A great reminder of how these incidents quickly become a part of something much greater.

Link: If I Were A Poor Black Kid

Forbes writer Gene Marks, a white man, attempts to put himself in the shoes of lower class black youth. Check out the satirical responses by Scientific AmericanWNYC, The Atlantic and others.

How long have you been in France? You speak French so well.

Europeans to Frantz Fanon. In the 1952 book Black Skins, White Masks

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