Powerful Photos Demonstrate Everyday Racial Microagressions

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Photographer Kiyun asked her friends at Fordham University to "write down an instance of racial microaggression they have faced," and the results are compelling.

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If you're not familiar with what a microaggression is, they're surprisingly mundane: what some would call "inoffensive" even. But the reality is that this is how micro aggressions work, by sounding fairly innocuous but carrying a strong racial message. And, as you can tell from Kiyun's important photos, these shitty, shitty messages stick with people.

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Because when you are "one of the only..." person in your class, this is what happens. The stories my students in college tell me makes it really hard for me to tell them to stick it through, because I know how much it hurts ( I was in their shoes once at CAL) but of course I encourage them to push through and graduate as quickly as they can. I also tell them that, they are not responsible for teaching others about anything, if they do not want to, and every instance of micro/macro aggressions is not a learning moment for the person carrying them out. Sometimes it is ok to just walk away and try to heal.