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Microaggressions

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When do we finally look beyond colour?

“After all, it’s believed we should elevate Black voices, but only when they support the right narrative. Our lived experiences should be heard, but only when they portray Blackness as…


Let’s Unpack This

For many, school-based microaggressions get halved when a student studies at home, while grades rise and anxiety drops

A young African American girl pays attention happily to her iPad tablet, learning remotely with a pencil in hand.
A young African American girl pays attention happily to her iPad tablet, learning remotely with a pencil in hand.
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“White America gets a cold, Black America gets pneumonia.”

The phrase is a juxtaposition detailing how societal problems affecting White people frequently have a disparate impact on Black people, and it’s an apt way to describe the Black experience in America — particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic. As the Covid-19 death toll has climbed, it’s been established Black people are disproportionately impacted by the virus. Even when schools began reopening, many Black and Hispanic communities said they were keeping their kids at home because they didn’t feel safe.

Media coverage on reopening schools generally features parents and government officials fearing…


Just in time for Black History Month, I recount one of my favorite microaggressions

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There are so many microaggressions and racist experiences in the life of a Black person that it’s hard to choose just one. And while I’ve never been called the N-word (to my face), one thing that has always felt akin to the slur is that moment when your very existence in a space shifts the behavior or vibe of people (White people) around you. There are the many times I showed up for job interviews and was left sitting in the lobby while confused White people peeked their heads out to search for who they assumed would be “Tracey Ford.”…


Talking to white people about racist tendencies creates more trauma — we must overcome it

“The immediate defensiveness of some white people when it comes to exploring racism is probably the single most obstacle to those of us who are working to eradicate it. Often…


How a trip to the post office ended a writer’s streak

“The lady ahead of me was nearly my white carbon copy. Both of us were in our mid-thirties and dressed in black, poofy coats and Sperry boots to shield us from the Wisconsin winter. Her blond hair was pulled back in an untidy bun, like mine. She even had the same-sized priority mail boxes.

The difference between us? I’m Brown, she was white. The postal worker was an older, white gentleman in his 50s. A part of me prayed that I wouldn’t notice any significant difference in how he interacted with us. Another part of me thought, “Let the social…


Whether alumni or walking the halls of elite schools today, we recognize a tough shared experience

“When a very-White place wants to seem less very-White, especially in 2020, the powers that be advertise your Black face and airbrush away the pain etched into you. They erase…


No, you’re not just making harmless conversation

“As mixed-race people, we have to confront our constant struggle with belonging, feeling lesser, not enough, or inadequate all the time. These feelings are imposed on us by other people…


For many BIPOCs the passive-aggressiveness of ‘Midwest Nice’ and heartland values translate to microaggressions

“For many people of color living in the Midwest, the passive-aggressiveness of ‘Midwest Nice’ translates into microaggressions. As Andrea Plaid explains, ‘Microaggressions…allow for plausible deniability, which fits perfectly with the…


Black and Brown doctors — especially women — have interactions with patients and fellow medical professionals that their White male counterparts have likely never experienced. They’re second-guessed and assumed to be a janitor or one of the food-service staff while wearing the same white coat as their peers. The lack of diversity in medicine plays a role in this — just 5% of U.S. doctors are Black and 2% are Black women. Emergency rooms are even Whiter with just 3% of physicians in emergency medicine identifying as Black.

“People ask me several times if the doctor is coming in, which…

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