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Today is Blogging Against Disablism Day 2014!

Here is a great collection from Blogging Against Disablism Day 2013:


Awkward Privilege, by Michael Cuauhtémoc Martínez

In case you missed it, our project was covered a few days ago in this New York Times piece on microaggressions awareness projects on university campuses. Check it out and participate in the dialogue following the piece on our Twitter and Facebook. (We still got love for you, Tumblr!)

Reading these has reminded me that I have made a few of these comments in the past, and I regret each and every one. If any of the people I said these things to in the past is reading this now, I'm truly sorry for my bigoted remarks. Even though I didn't mean to be insulting, I realize now that I was anyway. So thank you, Microaggressions, for reminding me that I still have some growing to do. :)


Wonderful response.

Sometimes people try to destroy you, precisely because they recognize your power — not because they don’t see it, but because they see it and they don’t want it to exist.

bell hooks (via blackrebelsoul)

Things to remind oneself while reading messages from internet trolls.

(via kalakutaqueen)

hey! I also just wanted to send you fan mail of sorts; I actually found this blog because my ethnic studies class used it as a resource in the beginning of the semester, so there ya go! ^w^ Fantastic blog, I love it!


Ethnic studies will save the world. It was actually a big part of how we met and got started on this project!

Hello! I just wanted to say how wonderful your blog is and what wonderful people you are for making it. I'm so glad I found it! Every day I am surrounded by microaggressions and it can be so suffocating. I feel like if you're a minority or a member of the oppressed, you pretty much have to fight through life with armor on. We are warriors!


Thanks so much! Kind words always save the day.


And just like that, boy becomes man. 

The dastaar bandi, or turban-tying ceremony, is something like the bar mitzvah of the Sikh world. But in the post-9/11 world, wearing a turban isn’t a casual decision: it’s resulted in Sikh men in America being harassed, assaulted, even killed.

Saihajdeep Singh, this 16 year old from Norwalk, Connecticut, has been called names like “Osama” before. 

"In society, it’s a little hard, because people discriminate (against) you a little," he said. "Once I befriended some of the friends in my school, they were like, okay. But before that, it was like, ‘Who’s this guy? Friggin terrorist.’”

To hear why Sikh men choose to wear turbans, and why some relate to the struggles of African Americans, listen to the full Micropolis story here.

No president has ever done this before. It does not matter that the competition is limited. The impact of the highest official in the country directly feeling your pain, because it is his pain, is real. And it is happening now. And it is significant.

Ta-Nehisi Coates (via theatlantic)

(via theatlantic)

A Week of Fear

On Friday evening, after the second suspect in the Boston marathon bombings had been caught, President Obama took to a podium, and said the following:

That American spirit includes staying true to the unity and diversity that makes us strong — like no other nation in the world. In this age of instant reporting and tweets and blogs, there’s a temptation to latch on to any bit of information, sometimes to jump to conclusions. But when a tragedy like this happens, with public safety at risk and the stakes so high, it’s important that we do this right. That’s why we have investigations. That’s why we relentlessly gather the facts. That’s why we have courts. And that’s why we take care not to rush to judgment — not about the motivations of these individuals; certainly not about entire groups of people.

The thing is: people actually had jumped to conclusions, fueling both suspicion and violence across the country. Multiple social networks and communities on the internet began to conduct their own searches for suspects in photographs. Most of these “suspects” turned out to be brown people with bags. Some people were identified solely by color or by supposed nationality. Some people were identified by name, and their names spread publicly and quickly, without hesitation. Worst of all, real people were attacked. Subtle and open aggression powerfully shaped lives this week.

We know that the creation of unsafe conditions for people of color, immigrants, Muslims – among others – does not appear out of thin air, informed by rationality or reality. They are a product of power and fear. Every geopolitical event of this sort has put whole communities on edge, anxious about the backlash against them. And while hate crimes get documented, the more subtle interactions of fear and hostility can slip through.

All week, from the coming Monday to Friday, we hope to publish submissions of incidents related to the recent attacks experienced by South Asians, Muslims, immigrants, and people of color. For this, we are asking for your help.

If you have experienced an incident of this type, please submit your story to submissions@microaggressions.com. There are no limits on length or format. (Please put “week” into the subject of your email; they’ll be forwarded directly to editors, who will put them up as soon as they can.)

If you have not experienced an incident of this type, we ask that you share this with people you know. Use Twitter, Facebook, and any other social networks to spread the word!

Thanks for everything,

A fun submission to our microaggressions blog:

You should rename your website: www.firstworldproblems.com People are starving in the world, get over yourself.

Our fantastic mentor, role model, friend Kevin Nadal’s book “That’s So Gay: Microaggressions and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community” has just been published! There are a few entries/examples from our site, The Microaggressions Project. Please check it out!

The book release event is in NYC this Friday! 

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