The Racists Are Winning: Why I Can’t Say ‘Micro-Aggressions’ Anymore

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  • John Henry

    Well stated!


    These are interesting, great words. The overt, multifaceted aspects of oppression are so vicious and so hardcore that they can’t be classified as “microaggressions.” We have to study about these issues and the system of white supremacy is a global phenomena. There are so many studies, murders of unarmed black people, etc. that document its vicious, murderous history. We have to keep on working, studying, and learning lessons continually in our lives.

  • Ali Wilders

    It is with all sincerity that I tell you this observation. I hope that instead of a knee-jerk reaction you absorb what I am telling you and consider some avenues that will heal your mind and soul. Based on your blog and reading through your posts, it seems as though you have either a paranoid personality disorder or PTSD with cultural paranoia. You display five of the seven criteria for PPD:

    A. A pervasive distrust and suspiciousness of others such that their motives are interpreted as malevolent, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by four (or more) of the following:

    (1) suspects, without sufficient basis, that others are exploiting, harming, or deceiving him or her
    (2) is preoccupied with unjustified doubts about the loyalty or trustworthiness of friends or associates
    (3) reads hidden demeaning or threatening meanings into benign remarks or events
    (4) persistently bears grudges, i.e., is unforgiving of insults, injuries, or slights
    (5) perceives attacks on his or her character or reputation that are not apparent to others and is quick to react angrily or to counterattack

    For example, you say that a white woman who was reading got up and left the room when you walked in to use your computer to write this blog. You have no other evidence that she has a problem with you based on your race, just that she went next door. Someone without PPD would naturally assume that the person was either finished with what they were doing, or that they wanted to be alone while they read/studied. The same for the South Asian woman who maybe also by then saw that you were on your computer and didn’t want to be around someone who would be typing while they read? I know I don’t like that. There are a number of other assumptions to make before coming to a conclusion without sufficient basis that these are attacks on your race.

    According to you in this blog and others, your co-workers are against you, other students are against you, teachers are against you, black people who don’t agree with your perception of racial relations in the United States are against you. It seems to be you against the world, no? It seems as though this paranoid thinking is consuming you and wearing you down mentally, physically, and emotionally.

    Normally, I would say that keeping a blog like this would be very healthy because it is a great way to work through the day’s events and what you have been experiencing. But, you seem to be using it as a platform to feed into the paranoia whether its through approval or “trolls” that only further your belief that everyone is out to get you.

    Please understand, I don’t believe that there is racism and that you have experienced it. I know there is racism and I know that you’ve experienced it. But, there is a balance where sometimes our perceptions start to deviate from reality in a way that is unhealthy and sometimes we just need someone to talk to that can help us work through that. Regrettably, if I’m right and you have PPD, you won’t seek help at all, you’ll find this to be a complete attack and assume that I’m a white supremacist out to curtail you from the truth that everyone is against you. Maybe someone in your family or friends will read this and maybe encourage you to talk to someone. We only have one life to live, and I truly hope you learn to enjoy it.

    • ScottyB

      Excellent post.

  • ib313

    Microaggressions are a modern day fable of chicken little. The race to create urgent urgency about every real or perceived slight has simply made everyone tune it out. It’s the car alarm that goes off 3 times a day because it’s set so high.

    I’d feel sorry about it, but white privilege and all…