Microagressions are real, and they're more harmful than you might think

Microagressions are real, and they're more harmful than you might think

September 26, 2016

According to news outlet Quartz, microaggression is the "buzzword of the new school year".

“It’s a catch-all term describing small acts of prejudice, intentional or not, that can take a large toll on the person.”

The concept is being addressed by a number of publications, such as The New York Times and Teen Vogue, in order to bring awareness to the harm that can be caused by throw away discriminatory comments before the start of the new school year in the United States.

A video that the website put together has Derald Wing Sue - a professor at Columbia University - explaining exactly what a microaggression is and how regular occurrences might seriously affect people over time.

"Microaggressions are along a continuum from being very deliberate and conscious to being outside one's conscious behaviour".

The video also effectively uses clips from various popular Hollywood movies to show how, and in what context a microaggression might occur.

Watch the video below to find out more.

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