What is Microaggression?

Microaggression was coined by Dr Chester Pierce and is a term that is used for commonplace daily verbal, behavioural or environmental slights, international or unintentional that communicate hostility, derogatory or negative attitudes towards stigmatised or culturally marginalised groups. 

Examples of Microaggression include; 
 - Microassault (Intentional)- Explicit derogations characterised primarily by a verbal or nonverbal attack meant to hurt the intended victim through name calling, avoidant behaviour, or purposeful discriminatory practices.
 - Microinsult - Characterised by communications that ‘convey’ rudeness and insensitivity and demean a person’s (racial) heritage or identity. They are often subtle snubs frequently unknown to the perpetrator but clearly convey a hidden insulting message to the recipient.
 - Microinvalidation - Characterised by communications that exclude, negate or nullify the psychological thoughts, feelings or experiential reality of an individual

What is Discrimination?
Discrimination means treating people differently from others and this may be based on their protected characters, which are; race, gender identity, sex, age, religion, disability or sexual orientation. The different types of discrimination under the Equality Act 2010 are; direct discrimination, discrimination arising from disability, indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation.

Impact of Microaggression and Discrimination
Impact of Microaggression and Discrimination

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