I saw this article on Buzzfeed where a photographer created a project of everyday microaggressions encountered by Fordham University’s students. Derald Sue, a Columbia professor, refers to microaggresion as “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”.
Looking through the photography project inspired me to write-up a blog post. I really do believe that people don’t really think about their questions or remarks to someone that is racially different. I always get questions about “where I’m REALLY from” and “what are you.” I have become so accustomed to the underlining question of “Where are you from?” to answer, “I’m from Tennessee. But I know what you are really asking. I was born in South Korea.” I find myself always getting irritated and unable to explain the reason of my irritation. I think maybe it is just something you’d have to encounter on many occasions.
I just wanted to share this with everyone. We (I’m even at fault for this) are human and sometimes don’t realize the effect our words can have on others. We need to be more mindful as our World becomes even more diverse.