Have you ever experienced a microaggression? These everyday insults usually ensnare members of marginalized groups and often go ignored, or even unnoticed, when compared to more obvious forms of discrimination. But according to Derald Wing Sue of Columbia University’s Teachers College, those subtle slights can sting just as much as overt racist or sexist remarks.
Sue told PBS NewsHour special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault that microaggressions build hostile environments. He believes that’s what happened at the University of Missouri just two weeks ago. According to Sue, protests over racial hatred at the school followed a series of microaggressions aimed at students and faculty of color. Why do you think people commit microaggressions? At 1 p.m. EST on Friday, join Dr. Sue (@deraldwingsue) and @NewsHour on Twitter for a conversation. Follow along using #NewsHourChats.
Last week, special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault spoke to Derald Wing Sue of Teachers College at Columbia University about the ways that everyday “microaggressions” can affect people: