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12/17/2013 10:22 am ET Updated Dec 17, 2013

These Photos Show How Far We Are From A Truly Post-Racial Society

In 1970, Psychiatrist Dr. Chester Pierce coined the term "racial microaggression" to describe a phenomenon we have all undoubtedly encountered, whether directly or indirectly. It's racially motivated commentary on other people's appearance and behavior that may be "subtle," but still a "put-down."

Shining a light on this behavior in her series, Racial Microaggressions, Fordham University art student Kiyun Kim photographed her friends each holding up a poster describing some such comment they've received in their lives.

Her photographs might just make you think twice before you speak.

Racial Microaggressions

Racial Microaggressions

Racial Microaggressions
(Kiyun / Tumblr)

Tumblr users identified with the project, posting responses such as:

whatisidentity: I was told I'm not really American because I was born in Ecuador. Last time I checked America was a continent, and Ecuador is a part of it... Oh and let's not forget, "What's it like living in the jungle?" I've never even been to a rain forest; I'm from the country's third largest city.

Anonymous: How about "of course you're smart/get good grades, you're Asian"? NO, don't invalidate my efforts so I can fit into some stereotype. I'm smart because I chose to learn.

Racial Microaggressions

Racial Microaggressions

Racial Microaggressions

Racial Microaggressions

Racial Microaggressions

Racial Microaggressions

Racial Microaggressions

Racial Microaggressions

Racial Microaggressions
(Kiyun / Tumblr)

Have you experienced a racial microaggression? Tell us in the comments below.

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