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Microaggressions are harmful actions – usually remarks, questions, or physical actions (such as touching someone’s hair) – that are made or said to someone because of their membership to a minority group. Black, Indigenous and other people of colour (BIPOC), LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, and women endure microaggressions on a regular basis; and often one experiences microaggressions for multiple of their identities. The part that makes microaggressions so disconcerting is that they happen frequently, automatically, are so casual that onlookers don’t always pick up on them and can be intended to be a genuine compliment. Not to mention, that they happen every day, multiple times a day.
We like to think that we live in a world where discrimination is – or rather was – on the decline. It is true that explicit discrimination may be frowned upon, but implicit biases and indignities are rampant. Microaggressions make up most of the discrimination that minority groups face daily. They can even pave the way towards the more explicit forms of discrimination and violence minority groups endure.
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