A microaggression is defined as “the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership.”
One of my first memories of this phenomenon was when I was 13. I was traveling on the East Coast with a family friend interviewing at boarding schools. At my very first interview I remember the admissions officer telling me that I was so poised and well spoken for someone in my situation. When I asked what my situation was, the admissions officer had no way of explaining what she was trying to say. Needless to say I decided not to attend this institution.
That’s when I knew I’d have to work hard for the rest of my life to get what I wanted. More often than not young people of color are told by their parents that “you have to be twice as good and work twice as hard in order to get half of what you counterparts will receive for being mediocre” I now know this to be true….I identify so much with the following video! Check it out!
If someone uses microaggressions towards you, say something. Speak up and let them know that their actions aren’t okay!