Here are 10 photos (out of 22) from my series Racial Microaggressions. I have asked my friends on the Fordham University Lincoln Center campus to write down an instance of racial microaggression they have faced on a poster for me to take a picture of them.
Some favorites from my own personal hit parade:
- "You speak real good English." (Hand to God, I get this one in some form or another at least once a year.)
- "Are you Chinese? Japanese? What are you then?"
- "You’re a twinkie: yellow on the outside and white on the inside."
- "Where are you from? No, where are you really from?”
I will bet you a dollar that almost any Asian-American person you’ve ever met has gotten a variation on at least one of those four at some point in their lives.
Brian gets the “where are you *really* from?” one regularly, too.
Glad to see the concept of microaggressions getting around a bit more. I didn’t encounter it until I got into Counseling Psych but I have been seeing it in more layperson-y contexts lately and I think it’s a concept that is useful for lots of people besides just psychologists/therapists.