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Microaggression

Screw You, I Am Asian 'American'

Mason Hsieh | Posted 04.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Mason Hsieh

While it may not have been Tammy's intent, posing this seemingly innocuous question is a poorly disguised microaggression that perpetuates the belief that Asian-Americans are cultural and racial outsider within the American context. T

Empathy for Angry White Men

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 04.03.2015 | Black Voices
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

As an African American, I have empathy for angry white men because I recognize that they are experiencing the pain African Americans have long borne -- of being bystanders to the shaping of their identities and possibilities in an uncertain world.

Unmasking Black Gay Privilege

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 03.31.2015 | Black Voices
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

I have benefitted from black gay privilege throughout my career as a senior human resources, financial and diversity officer. I have accessed spaces and opportunities that "stereotypical" black men were not able to access.

Is the Gay Community Scaring Away Our Straight Allies?

Mason Hsieh | Posted 03.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Mason Hsieh

When one of my new straight-male friends asked if he could sit in on a QSA meeting, I immediately said yes and took him to a panel on LGBT dating, hoping to show him how cool the queer community is. The discussion was mostly civil, until my fledgling ally worked up the courage to ask one simple question.

Living While Brown: Adventures of a Latina in the Suburbs

Anna Giraldo Kerr | Posted 12.02.2014 | Latino Voices
Anna Giraldo Kerr

Our son is oblivious to the stares we receive when we go out as a family. I try hard not to see elements of microaggressions in every interaction we have with those we meet, like the subtle inquiries about the type of work I do (translation: How did you end up here?), or the overeager expressions of friendliness that, frankly, feel fake and rehearsed.

What We're Not Talking About

Kate Van Dellen | Posted 11.24.2014 | Women
Kate Van Dellen

Less than a year out of college, I experienced my first blatant gender biased issue in the workplace. I was 23 and thought that things like gender biases were a thing of the past.

Stop Single-Shaming Women

Kate Van Dellen | Posted 11.12.2014 | Women
Kate Van Dellen

end the message that you deserve to venture after your dreams and goals, and if you happen to have a partner who supports that, then go on the venture together. If you stumble into some controlling moments, be aware and stand up for yourself. You are the root of your happiness.

Grace vs. Niceness in Interracial Dialogue

Morgan Guyton | Posted 11.05.2014 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

How can we define the distinction between niceness and grace? I would say that niceness refers to the complex dance of smiling, posturing, innuendo, laughter, self-deprecation, etc. that keeps a conversation pleasant and easygoing. Niceness doesn't always mean that you're being loving.

5 Tips to Handle Microaggressions Effectively

Anna Giraldo Kerr | Posted 10.08.2014 | Women
Anna Giraldo Kerr

Learning to handle microaggressions -- also known as micro inequities -- could feel like training to become a martial arts black belt: A slow process where most times you end up bruised and sore.

Microaggression: The New Workplace Bigotry

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 08.31.2014 | Business
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Microaggressions are the negative assumptions we make about people that limit their humanity and value. As progressive as many workplaces are, we might be surprised that our everyday interactions are filled with microaggressions that undermine our self-worth and productivity.

6 Things to Learn About Microaggressions

Anna Giraldo Kerr | Posted 08.19.2014 | Women
Anna Giraldo Kerr

I have developed a hate/love relationship (yes, in that sequence) with the term microaggressions. I hate it because of the negative effects created by these small events. But I must confess that I love the fact that the term makes visible and real the experiences so many of us have endured because of being perceived different.

Code Word: Is 'Arrogant' the New 'Uppity'?

Ian Moss | Posted 08.10.2014 | Black Voices
Ian Moss

Use of the term "uppity" has experienced a revival since Barack Obama's election as the nation's first Black President. More than a few of Mr. Obama's detractors have taken to calling him "arrogant" and at times, they have dispensed with the veneer of political correctness by even calling him "uppity."

Microaggressions Weigh Heavy on the Heart

Nashwa Lina Khan | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Nashwa Lina Khan

They could champion me; I was the brown girl at student senate representing what otherwise looked like a very homogeneous white space. I was Muslim, but not "scary Muslim."

Why We Won't Back Down

Ernest Owens | Posted 04.26.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Overcoming those humble beginnings and avoiding the "thug life" brought me to an Ivy League institution where I expected that as much as I had left that life behind me, so would the privileged individuals who never had experienced it. I was mistaken.

When a Pat on the Head Becomes Spit on the Face

Erwin de Leon | Posted 04.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Erwin de Leon

It's perfectly okay to pat a dog's head. It's fine to pat a very young child's head. It is not acceptable, however, to pat another adult's head.

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

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 12.17.2013 | Black Voices

In 1970, Psychiatrist Dr. Chester Pierce coined the term "racial microaggression" to describe a phenomenon we have all undoubtedly encountered, whethe...

Paula Deen, Microaggressions, and Why the N-Word Isn't Even the Major Issue

Ernest Owens | Posted 09.07.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Microaggressions are demeaning or subtle insults against minorities that can be verbal, behavioral, or environmental but either intentional or unintentional.

What Will the Future of Heterosexism Look Like?

Josh A. Goodman | Posted 09.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Josh A. Goodman

Do the increasing acceptance of homosexuality and the recent Supreme Court rulings mean that anti-LGBT prejudice is on the way out? Not exactly. Just like racism and sexism are alive and well in 2013, I suspect the same will be true for heterosexism several decades from now.

The Good, Bigoted People

Nico Lang | Posted 05.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Nico Lang

You don't hate by accident. You have to be taught to hate -- in little ways that are reinforced every day, ways you might not even recognize. In my case, hating yourself takes a lifetime.