Understanding and addressing microaggressions can be challenging because the realization that we hold biased world views can feel uncomfortable.
Similar to implicit bias, responding to microaggressions requires awareness and education; it also requires listening, learning, and working to understand the experience of discrimination that others face.
This article offers strategies to respond to microaggressions in a classroom setting. It suggests how to de-escalate and process a situation.
This video by Serilda Summers-McGee explores how to address microaggressions and behaviors that prevent inclusion in the workplace.
Should you respond to a microaggression by calling someone in or calling someone out? This information sheet by Rebecca Haslam, Ph.D, at Seed the Way: Education for Justice and Equity, explores positionality and relationships as key factors in considering how to respond to a microaggression.
Reflection and Response
How do you feel about interrupting microaggressions?
When would you call in or call out a microaggression?