“For nonwhites, racial microaggressions find a way into every part of every day. Microaggressions are constant reminders that you don’t belong, that you are less than, that you are not worthy of the same respect that white people are afforded. They keep you off balance, keep you distracted, and keep you defensive. They keep you from enjoying an outing on the town or a day at the office.”
― Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk About Race
Microaggressions often go unnoticed. Whether it’s asking an Asian person “What country are you from?” or commenting that someone “speaks well for a black man,” microaggressions are a constant reminder that non-whites aren’t accepted into white normative society. So if we are to shatter racism, we must stop and reflect on what microaggressions we emit and how those might hurt others, especially when compounded on a daily basis.
Bring your lunch and let’s learn about microaggressions together!
This event is free and open to the public with donations greatly appreciated.
Parking in HCC Lot 9
RSVP required: email@example.com or 713-520-8226
“The CFHR microaggressions workshop deepened my understanding of this damaging behavior, and provided space for me to more clearly see how I engage in small acts of racism in my daily life—through choice of words, body language, and upholding whiteness as the default standard. This definition provided in the workshop stuck with me: “Microaggressions are rooted in our violent, racialized history and have real-life consequences in terms of opportunity, safety, health care, mortality, etc.” These consequences are urgent, and require us to constantly question and share knowledge with others of how we can undo how we have been racially conditioned.”
-Kelly, Microaggressions Workshop participant
“I was so grateful to share space and dialogue with a group of people all interested in learning about experiences different from their own, making room for empathy, and taking action to begin healing. Racism is something that is in action in every piece of our society and in all of our lives every day. It was such an important step for me to take this chance to move outside of my comfort zone and be honest about my lived experience, reflect on the impact of my actions and my prejudices, whether consciously or subconsciously enacted, and take this knowledge out into my community to enact change.” – A Microaggressions Workshop participant