You Committed a Racial Microaggression What do you do?

Breathe

Take a slow deep breath. It might be hard not to be defensive. No one likes to be accused of committing a racial microaggression.

Acknowledge

Only when you acknowledge that you may unconsciously commit a racial microaggression can you change your subconscious attitudes and ultimately your behavior towards students of color. We can’t change what we don’t acknowledge.

Accept

Accept the racial reality of students of color by looking at situations or experiences from their vantage point. Do not minimize their racial identity, or avoid the discomfort of discussing racial issues with students of color.

Respect

Respect students of color who have the courage to inform you they are racially hurt.

Say

Just say, “Thank you for letting me know. I’m so sorry that happened.” Research suggests that having a sense of accountability may decrease committing racial microaggressions.

Listen

Listen and respond respectfully when issues of racial microaggressions are raised by students of color. This is an important step in building a relationship with students of color.

Reflect

Reflect on the meaning of your words or actions toward students of color.

Learn

Educate yourself. Learn, read, and dialogue about racial microggressions.

Created By
Gwendolyn Miller
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Created with images by PourquoiPas - "woman angry case" • shawnzrossi - "Breathe" • US Department of Education - "SAD_Hortons_Kids 114" • USAG-Humphreys - "Back to School 2012 - U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, South Korea - 27 August 2012" • geralt - "handshake haendeschuettel respect" • nateOne - "Thank You" • liquene - "At Grandma's" • NDE - "woman poses elearning" • cogdogblog - "Learning is Hanging Out"

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