quincymakes.com Microaggresion

Discrimination has always been prevalent in our society, but now it has become more covert. This covert discrimination is described as microaggression. Dr. Derald Wing Sue defines microaggression as “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, and environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative slights and insults to the target person or group.” To a person in a marginalized group, constantly being subjected to this can compound overtime and have serious negative psychological effects. The small instances of discrimination can add up to become a much larger issue. By creating social environments that are more conscious of marginalized group’s experiences, we can support those who suffer from microaggressions and stop them from continuing. Raising awareness and providing education about microaggression is the first step.