Buzzfeed’s 21 Racial Micro-Aggressions This Assortment of Students Hear EveryDay

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The term “microaggression” was used by Columbia professor Derald Sue to refer to “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color.” Sue borrowed the term from psychiatrist Dr. Chester Pierce who coined the term in the ’70s.

While the term “microaggressions” has been a part of academic discourse for some time (“micro-inequities” was coined by an MIT Ph.D. in 1973), it became better known through the popular Tumblr Microaggressions.

The Tumblr is a project that aims to highlight the daily microaggressions people encounter through user submitted stories.

“This blog seeks to provide a visual representation of the everyday of “microaggressions.” Each event, observation and experience posted is not necessarily particularly striking in and of themselves. Often, they are never meant to hurt – acts done with little conscious awareness of their meanings and effects. Instead, their slow accumulation during a childhood and over a lifetime is in part what defines a marginalized experience, making explanation and communication with someone who does not share this identity particularly difficult. Social others are microaggressed hourly, daily, weekly, monthly.

This project is NOT about showing how ignorant people can be in order to simply dismiss their ignorance. Instead, it is about showing how these comments create and enforce uncomfortable, violent and unsafe realities onto peoples’ workplace, home, school, childhood/adolescence/adulthood, and public transportation/space environments.”

Here are a few of the microaggressions Fordham students identified as a part of their lives:



  1. Wow, just wow.

    I’m surprised some of these were still deemed “micro”aggressions…they seemed pretty blatantly racist to me. Others were just stupid. I mean, come on; they speak Japanese (and other languages) in Japan. People are all sorts of different colors. Being the only X type person in the room doesn’t mean your opinions are the same as all X people.

    Asking someone “what” they are is also wrong sounding…if it’s truly pertinent to the discussion, you should ask “hey, what is your ethnicity” not “so, what are you”. Maybe people just don’t have manners anymore.


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