The ABC's of Microaggressions
By Jaylin Paschal
Microaggressions are tiny, recurring events or statements which reinforce oppression or stereotypes. They are often subtle offenses, and usually even unintentional. The comments or actions are directed at minority groups in a way that silently act as reminders of the racial dynamic in America. Microaggressions are woven into the fabric of our society, and therefore often go unnoticed by the offender. People of color, black people specifically, hear and experience these things all too often, as microaggressions come in many shapes and sizes. If you aren't a POC, you should avoid doing or saying things on this list. For your own sake.
“ALL LIVES MATTER”
“BOXER BRAIDS ARE THE LATEST TREND, THANKS KIM KARDASHIAN!”
“CAN I TOUCH YOUR HAIR?”
“DO YOU SPEAK AFRICAN?”
“END AFFIRMATIVE ACTION!”
FOLLOWING AROUND STORES.
“GET OVER IT! SLAVERY WAS LIKE 85793475 YEARS AGO.”
“HOW DO YOU GET YOUR HAIR TO STAY LIKE THAT?!”
“IF I CAN’T SAY THE N-WORD, NO ONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO.”
“JUST WATCH THE OSCARS!”
KKK HALLOWEEN COSTUMES.
“LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.”
“MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
“NOT ALL COPS!”
“OH! YOUR DAD LIVES WITH YOU?”
“QUIT TALKING ABOUT RACISM. THERE’S OBAMA!”
“REVERSE RACISM” :(
“STOP BREAKING LAWS AND POLICE WILL LEAVE YOU ALONE! DUH!”
“THAT’S SO GHETTO!”
“UNUSUAL NAME. CAN I CALL YOU ______ INSTEAD?”
“VIOLENCE? WHAT ABOUT BLACK ON BLACK CRIME?”
“WHAT ARE YOU MIXED WITH?”
XENOPHOBIA, IN THE TUNE OF “BUILD THAT WALL!”
“YOU’RE CUTE, FOR A BLACK GIRL.”
ZEALOUS INQUIRY ABOUT ATHLETIC ABILITY/PHYSICAL STRENGTH.