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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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!
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.