Microaggression [noun \ mi·cro·ag·gres·sion \ ˌmī-krō-ə-ˈgre-shən : a comment or action that subtly and often unconsciously or unintentionally expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group (such as a racial minority).
Harvard University professor and psychiatrist Chester M. Pierce was the first to come up with the term "microaggression" back in the 1970s. Initially it was used to describe comments made to non-white people by white people, but over the years it has expanded to include gender (i.e., mansplaining) and sexuality (i.e., describing something unappealing as "gay"). If you're a living, breathing human being who interacts with others you've either experienced a microaggression or are guilty of delivering one.
Black women are marginalized in both gender and ethnicity, opening them up to a myriad of microaggressions that are unavoidable. From casual encounters on the streets with strangers to inappropriate remarks in the workplace, black women are faced with sly statements that denigrate them.
Now, there are those who don't believe that microaggressions truly exist. They think that the comments towards marginalized people aren't the problem; it's people's "victimhood" responses that create a perceived disadvantaged culture.
Whether you want to believe in them or not, microaggressions exist, and black women endure them on a daily basis. We've put together a list of the most common 11 microaggressions that black women hear — some disguised as compliments. Comment and let us know your experiences with microaggressions and how you responded!
Being Told That You Sound White
"When I Look At You, I Don't See Color"
Being Told To "Smile More"
"You're Like An Oreo!"
"You're Hair's Not Nappy, What Are You Mixed With?"
Calling Black Women "Ghetto" When They Are Upset
Touching Our Hair Without Permission
Assuming Our Accomplishments Are A Result Of Affirmative Action
"How Many Baby Daddys Do You Have?"
"Why Do All Black Women..."
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