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.
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.
If you still have room on your summer reading list, here are three books that will familiarize you with concepts and tools that I think you might find very useful in both your personal and professional lives. Together they provide theoretical and practical approaches to deal with today's fluid and complex world.