Take a slow deep breath. It might be hard not to be defensive. No one likes to be accused of committing a racial microaggression.
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 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 students of color who have the courage to inform you they are racially hurt.
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 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 on the meaning of your words or actions toward students of color.
Educate yourself. Learn, read, and dialogue about racial microggressions.