I keep telling myself, “Arbourist, you need to post more stuff you write as opposed to other things gleaned from the net”.  The problem is that the net has a lot of awesome on it that does it better than I.  Consider Sociological Images.  They present a concept, concisely explain said concept and then reinforce the learning with a spot-on video.  SI, you do are doing it right.  From SI:

“Microaggressions are “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative… slights and insults” (source).  These are often subtle.  So the recipient feels badly, but it can be difficult to explain exactly why, especially to someone who isn’t sympathetic to issues of bias.  The Microaggressions Project has hundreds, maybe thousands, of examples.

In this video, Franchesca Leigh poses as a “White girl” and says many of the things that she and other “Black girls” hear routinely.  To Leigh, these are microaggressions.  They variously trivialize and show insensitivity towards race and racism, remind the listener that she is considered different and strange, homogenize and stereotype Black people, and more…