Microaggressions In Everyday Life Analysis

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It is undeniable that America is the most diverse country in our present time. In our country, we can see different races, cultures, sexual orientation, body types, and other groups present. And because of our inevitable diverse culture, different kinds stereotypes and prejudice are formed. Racism has been present for so many eras; and although it has reformed and there is less oppression today compared from decades ago, it is still present in our society. On the other hand, for many years, gay and lesbians seemed to be neglected, which may be because of religious reasons. Despite of the huge step that we had made just recently for passing the equality of rights within the LGBT, specifically same sex marriage, I still see that other people …show more content…
I agree with his argument. I think blatant discriminations are easier to deal with because their intent is clear—rather than subtle and indirect prejudice that causes a person to overthink. Sometimes, the vagueness of microaggression causes a never-ending burden to the victim and wears out their minds because of constantly thinking about the remarks they heard, especially if they repeatedly undergo the same judgments. Their constant feeling of being invalidated and humiliated may lead to fatigue and build up of anger that may cause them life-changing effects such as change in career decisions and etc. It may cause a domino effect in the individual’s life, until they just stop trying and acquire learned helplessness. Another reason why blatant discrimination may cause less harmful impacts than microaggression is that when blatant belittling remarks are expressed, the oppressed are better in dealing with it when they are prepared rather than being caught off guard with unintentional biases. When they are being discriminated directly, they have the option to initially reject the idea (junk mail theory) or act upon it. Unlike microaggressions, they would need to internalize and evaluate the comment or behavior afterwards. I think the effects of subtle prejudice reside more and are being internalized more by the recipient of the remark, which gives a long-term impact on their psychological

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