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Microaggression? - What's that?!

By HWResLife 15 Oct 2021

You may have come across the term “Microaggression” in conversations about race and not been too sure on what this meant. Or this could be the first time you have seen the term. It is important to be aware of microaggressions so please take the time to read this article and spend some time googling it too!

So.. What is a Microaggression?

“A microaggression is a term used for brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioural, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative prejudicial slights and insults toward any group.’

Professor Chester. M. Pierce

Microagressions are often unintentional yet they still do harm. Use these “10 R’s” to avoid microagressions in your conversations:

Respect and Reflect 

1. Approach the conversation with respect

2. Put aside your preconceptions

3. Examine your motivation

4. Lean into the discomfort of not knowing

Research and Relearn

5. Find out what you don’t know

6. Listen and be open to questions

Reset and Reboot

7. Internalise what you have learned

8. Commit yourself to change

Recognise Bias and Privilege

9. Acknowledge your privilege

10.Get comfortable with your story.

Source: The 10 R’s of Talking About Race:

                How to Have Meaningful Conversations

Dwight Smith | June 03 2020 https://www.netimpact.org/blog/talking-about-race

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