Common Ground: Microaggressions Panel

Common Ground is an organization of affinity groups formed to spark discussions within the Davidson community, such as #ITooAmDavidson in the past.

Microaggressions:

  1. Are often not intended to be harmful
  2. Gain power from their cumulative effect (similarly to mosquito bites)
  3. Usually communicate a larger social message

Despite lack of mal-intentions, there’s no reversal for your actions. Microaggressions can easily, and often do, come from parents and friends. They’re usually far from being the first or last, as well; through time, they become less “micro” and more “macro.”

The best thing you can do when you witness a microaggression is to acknowledge it. Call it out for what it is. Don’t alienate, but rather correct ignorance of what may have been intended as a compliment or a joke. Cancel culture is not an effective remedy; finding resolutions is much more important.

To prevent microaggressions, research consistent modes of oppression and be mindful in what you say and do.

We mustn’t hate each other for how our parents treated each other; instead, we must grow and form a more mindful society. In response to those that say “you can’t fight stupid,” Uyen rightfully replied that “everyone is capable of learning.”

Don’t be afraid to spread your thoughts and opinions, but be willing to be corrected. You don’t accept another person’s humanity if you do not acknowledge the ways in which they have been oppressed, systematically or otherwise. However, it is important to note that it should not be the sole responsibility of the minority to justify their own humanity. Herein lies the importance of allyship. Expose the embedment of racism. Speak out when you see or hear injustice. Fight for what is right. Recognize that your commonalities do not equal shared experience; it is not a fight for who hurts more.

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