Equity Challenge Week 3 Monday Microaggressions

“Microaggressions are a serious problem beyond the emotional and physical effects they have on the person they are perpetrated against. They have much broader social implications. They normalize racism.”
― Ijeoma Oluo

Now that we are more knowledgeable about implicit biases and motivations behind why we may act the way we do, it is time to acknowledge different ways that these feelings manifest. One of the primary forms is microaggressions, which is what we’ll be covering today. We hope that with increased awareness of microaggressions, we can take the next steps of minimizing their presence.


Examples of Microaggressions (2 Minute read)

  • Article Description via BuzzFeed: A photographer at Fordham asked her peers to write down the microaggressions they’ve encountered. Here is what they had to say.

Microaggressions in the Workplace (2 Minute Read)

  • Read this article to learn about seven types of microaggressions that are common in the workplace in order to make sure that you are correcting yourself and others going forward.

Common Microaggressions American Indian People Face


Let’s Talk About Racial Microaggressions in the Workplace


Microaggressions Are A Big Deal: How To Talk Them Out and When To Walk Away (21 Minutes)

  • Listen to this podcast to hear Kevin Nadal, a professor of psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, describe how to discuss microaggressions.


No. You Cannot Touch My Hair! (16:02)

  • Excerpt from YouTube Description: “My seven-year-old self learnt to tell people what I thought they wanted to hear. By the age of eight I’d convinced the other kids that my hair was made of sponge… because being black it couldn’t be made of ‘hair’.”Through her own personal story and the hair-raising experiences of other women and girls, Mena Fombo’s TEDxBristol talk is a witty, yet compelling and sometimes dark exploration of the objectification of black women. It’s an issue she has spent a lifetime experiencing and exploring, with both a political and creative lens.

The Muslim on the Airplane (15:58)

  • Excerpt from YouTube Description: Watching the news, it seems like ethnic divides are ever deepening. But how can we solve these complicated problems when each side lives in fear of the other? The answer is simple, argues Syrian-American poet Amal Kassir – it starts with, “what’s your name?” Amal, a young Muslim-American and native Coloradan, found a platform for her voice growing up working in her family’s restaurant. She has been writing poetry since she was a child and has performed in eight countries, sharing her verse everywhere from youth prisons to orphanages to refugee camps.

Dear Child – When Black Parents Have to Give “The Talk” (3:05)

  • Video Description from YouTube: WHY WE MADE DEAR CHILD: Jubilee Project is a digital media company that tells stories to explore our humanity. It has been heartbreaking and infuriating to witness the senseless and unjust killings of black men in the United States. And we’d like to play our part in addressing the epidemic through the creation of “Dear Child.” We hope that by sharing some of these candid responses from black parents and young adults, we can inspire understanding and empathy from those who have never needed to have such a talk. We know that a video cannot be the solution or panacea and that there is so much complexity we do not even begin to confront. However, we do believe this is one way to ignite compassion and dialogue.

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

  • Video Description: “Emmanuel Acho sits down to have an “uncomfortable Conversation” with white America, in order to educate and inform on racism, system racism, social injustice, rioting & the hurt African Americans are feeling today.”