Updated: Oct 12, 2022
There is an insidious form of racism and racial discrimination that has been gaining the attention of psychologists and researchers in recent years: racial microaggression.
Racial microaggressions are everyday insults or derogatory messages directed toward geographical ethnic minorities and people of colour, often from well-intentioned people who believe they've done nothing offensive.
Any minority group can experience microaggressions, which may be based on gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, socioeconomic status, or disability. While a microaggression may seem harmless, a lifetime of microaggressions can devastate a person's mental health.
'Racism can result in a host of mental health concerns, including things like increased anxiety and symptoms of depression,' says Dr Joy Bradford, a licensed psychologist, speaker, and the host of the mental health podcast, Therapy for Black Girls.
To understand the range of these incidents, it's important to learn the different forms of microaggressions, how they can play out in everyday life and how you can mitigate them when they arise. So please use this fact sheet to help you with your why.
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