In our recent world, especially in developed countries, the concept of egalitarianism is accepted more and more widely by people. They believe the world should be a fair place which provides equal opportunity for each person no matter what one’s race, gender, or sexual orientation is. Because of this belief many people pay attention to their conversations and behaviors in order to not act as a racist or sexist. Egalitarianism is not only a inner belief, but it also becomes a environmental pressure in the society that against such prejudicial thoughts. That makes people even have bias thoughts have to hide them carefully.
However, the problem of bias wasn’t solved just because we know political correctness. In America, we have learned this country has some disgraceful history of racism, so it is even correct to say America at its beginning was built on inequality and prejudice. As for now, although explicit racist events happen much less than before, we noticed another problem: microaggressions. A microaggression means one’s words or behaviors show prejudice towards a minority group. Sometimes a microaggression can be conscious words, acts or environmental attacks meant to hurt someone, which is characterized as microaassult. The first person in the picture below is an example who received this type of microaggression, via aggressive words meant to hurt him.
But more often ethnic groups are suffering from unconscious types of microaggressions than the conscious types. For example, a microinsult is a kind of unconscious mircoaggression which are verbal or nonverbal communications that convey biased thought. The other two people in the picture received this type of microaggression, as they were both hurt by disrespectful words, but those words may probably be said unintentionally. People said these words may have implicit racist thought imbued from the environment or society, and that thought is invisible to them since they accept it as a common sense. However, when they actually talk that to a person of color it can hurt their feeling because the words show rudeness, insensitivity or demean that person’s racial heritage.
Do you think microaggressions are conscious or unconscious, or maybe, in fact, there is not a clear boundary?