Microaggressions are everyday slights and indignities some people encounter all the time – while others aren’t even aware they’re committing them.
To a female CEO: “Can I speak with your boss?”
To a man who’s a nurse: “Wow, you don’t see many male nurses.”
To an LGBTQ intern: “Huh, you don’t sound gay.”
To a non-white colleague – in a mostly white office: “So, where are you from? …No, I mean, where are you really from?”
To a mixed-raced person: “What are you?”
Welcome to the world of microaggressions: brief queries, comments or actions sprinkled throughout day-to-day life that make others – particularly those in marginalised groups – feel bad about themselves.