American Turban

A primer on everyday racism

(Source: The Daily Kos)

(Source: The Daily Kos)

The blog A Kaur’s Thoughts offers a four-part primer on micro-aggression — the subtle, everyday messaging in our culture about racial stereotyping and bias — particularly from a Sikh perspective:

For about 10 years of my life, starting in 4th or 5th grade and going through high school, I felt like I didn’t belong; I felt excluded and out of place. School was a semi-hostile place for me. I wasn’t beat up or physically hurt. I had friends, and was well liked by my teachers, but for some reason I still felt bullied by the “cool clique.” I felt there were girls who were mean to me, but I couldn’t pin-point what they did or why I felt like that.

Up until recently, I always thought I was reading into people’s actions as being mean, racists, or religionist. I thought it was all in my head and I perceived situations incorrectly. That was until I learned about micro-aggressions. It all made sense to me after I read about micro-aggressions.

The posts are a comprehensive and eye-opening summary and are an easy read. Read the first post here followed by parts 2 and 3.

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