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#WordlessWednesday: The secret life of microAGGRESSIONS

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to believe that because of the end of Jim Crowe, because of the Civil Rights Movement and because we elected a Black president for two terms that racism has been obliterated. But what many fail to realize is that racism has not been eliminated but simply hidden – be it on social media, in class rooms or in everyday speech. Covert racism takes its most common form in microaggressions, better known as “the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership.” Because microaggressions are one of the most common forms of discrimination on college campuses Melanin Voices decided to gather a few students who were willing to share the false and offensive statements that continue to affect their everyday university lives.