How to Respond to Microaggressions

describes microaggressions and the harm they inflict.  Yoon also gives advice about whether and how to respond to microaggressive events, including Dr. Kevin Nadal’s Guide to Responding to Microaggressions, which gives advice in case one commits a microaggression and how to avoid making them.

It lists five questions to ask yourself when weighing the consequences of responding to a microaggression.

If I respond, could my physical safety be in danger?

If I respond, will the person become defensive and will this lead to an argument?

If I respond, how will this affect my relationship with this person (e.g., co-worker, family member, etc.)

If I don’t respond, will I regret not saying something?

If I don’t respond, does that convey that I accept the behavior or statement?

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