Note: a second version of this course is also being offered to anyone interested, regardless of their ethnic/racial identity, on Wednesdays in February. Learn more here.
We’ve heard this principle before, but those five words are hard to put into practice, especially when dealing with microaggressions.** We often either don’t know why what we said or did is being called a microaggression, or we’re desperately resisting any possible inference that might lead to someone judging our behavior as racist. So how and where can we learn more? Here is a space where folks who identify as members of the Global Majority / Black, Indigenous, and People of Color can talk about these challenges separate from the white gaze and dive deep into our experiences.
Many of us know it is a double whammy to ask the person who is already reeling from yet another microaggression to educate us, the person who stimulated their pain, about what was wrong or why our actions constituted a microaggression. In our desire to hold care for those who are repeatedly impacted by microaggressions, we are left with several questions.
This four week series is your answer. Bring specific examples of microaggressions you’ve committed or wondered about, and we’ll unpack them together. We will:
So, ready to be real? Eager to deepen your critical awareness of the situations that lead to some folks experiencing microaggressions a lot of the time? Ready for the challenge of empathic but direct coaching that won’t sugar-coat or minimize the impact we’re addressing? Committed to learning a practice that values both realness and empathy?
Are you interested in the course, but can’t make this time? Consider joining the course being offered on Wednesdays in February, 9:00 – 11:00am PDT. Please note that the other course is not specific to folks from the Global Majority/BIPOC and is instead open to all. Click here to learn more.
My goal in offering this space is to provide a forum for people who are worried about committing or have committed racial microaggressions to deepen their capacity to respond effectively. I’m creating a container where it is expected you’ll show up vulnerably with your lack of knowledge while maintaining a commitment to bring respect, civility, and empathy in our interactions. I expect that as folks work to share their experiences or ask questions, they’ll do so in ways that also reveal microaggressions and bias. As a result, I offer the following thoughts on the structure of the series to help you decide if this class will work for you.
* “Global Majority is a collective term that first and foremost speaks to and encourages those so-called to think of themselves as belonging to the global majority. It refers to people who are Black, Asian, Brown, dual-heritage, indigenous to the global south, and or have been racialised as ‘ethnic minorities’. Globally, these groups currently represent approximately eighty per cent (80%) of the world’s population making them the global majority now, and with current growth rates, notwithstanding Covid-19 and its emerging variants, the global majority is set to remain so for the foreseeable future.”
– Rosemary Campbell-Stephens MBE – Global Majority 2020
** Not sure what I mean by microaggressions?