Microaggressions In Our Lives

Bias, Discrimination & Hate
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Students Teaching About Racism in Society (STARS), Ohio University Athens, OH
Grade Level:
High School
Common Core Standards:
Reading, Writing, Language
Bias, Discrimination & Hate

“Microaggression” is a term that was coined in the 1970s and more recently used by Derald Wing Sue, a Columbia University professor, to describe the “brief and commonplace verbal, behavioral or environmental indignities—whether intentional or unintentional—which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative slights and insults to people from marginalized groups.”

This lesson provides an opportunity for students to explore what microaggressions are, how they have experienced them and what can be done to counteract them.

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