The celebration of the diversity of nature seems so easy; but truly celebrating the diversity in humankind has often proven a challenge.
The writings of Dr. Derald Wing Sue and others give us an insight into the complexity and challenge of honoring diversity and promoting authentic inclusion. Dr. Sue and his colleagues writing in ‘Racial Microaggression** in Everyday Life’** describe the ways in which we may “micro-aggress” against one and other without really understanding the impact of our behavior and words. Dr. Sue and his colleagues’ work gives us pause. “Microaggression” is not limited to the sphere of inter-race relations. Many disenfranchised, marginalized and other vulnerable persons experience it as well.
Here is a beginning to the discussion of “microaggression.” Do we recognize it? Do we experience it or do we express it? Perhaps we do both
**“Racial microaggressions are brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults towards people of color.” Those who inflict racial microaggressions are often unaware that they have done anything to harm another person.”
Sue, D.W., Capodilupo, C., Torino, G, Bucceri, J., Holder, A., Nadal, K., & Equin, M. (2007). Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Implications for Clinical Practice. The American Psychologist , 62 (4) 271-286.