We’re either on the receiving end, witnessing one, or (unknowingly) committing one. Microaggressions can be disarming and painful, as they minimize the experiences of people belonging to marginalized groups and often reinforce existing power structures. It’s critical that we learn how to take responsibility about our actions than hurt others. If you’re on the receiving end or witnessing a micro aggression, it can be useful to have phrases or actions ready for when they happen.
Here are examples of microaggressions and suggestions for what to do in these scenarios.