Issues at Centaurus: Microaggressions and Racism

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Amari Jackson, Opinion/Feature Editor

A microaggression is defined by Merriam Webster as “a comment or action that subtly and often unconsciously or unintentionally expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group (such as a racial minority)”. Common examples of microaggression I hear all the time at are “you don’t act/talk black” or, when the lights go out or “where’d *insert darkskin poc name* go?” These statements themselves are extremely problematic especially coming from the white students. The initial statement that a black person does not “act or speak black” pushes the stereotype that black people act or speak un-intelligently compared to their white counterparts. These statements usually get pushed aside or are ignored by a person’s friend or even the target. If one of your friends or you even overhear it you should attempt to call them out in the nicest way possible: educating the person. By educating your peers and friends about racism we can make Centaurus a more inclusive and comfortable place for students of color.

 

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