I chose this picture because it speaks volumes to the psychological affects of microaggression. This young person has the appearance of hurt and defeat; feelings people experience after an encounter with the ugly face of microagression.
It is ironic that this week’s entry deals with discussing a micro aggression I have detected. Yesterday, while on a trip to the store with some of my colleagues, the driver of the van made some statements that were very condescending toward a passenger in the van. There was a woman that brought her husband and son with her to a conference and was told that there would be a fee per day for them to eat since they were not on the roster. While some of his points were correct, he expressed these ideas in a discourteous manner. He could have definitively handled the situation with more class, allowing himself and the offended party to exit the disagreement without feeling dis empowered. The scenario is appropriate to our discourse because the man was of the "dominant" culture and the family was of Middle Eastern descent and their son had severe challenges.
As I watched the events unfold, I felt embarrassed for the individual and also disappointed in the person delivering the harsh words. It reminded me of Dr. Wing Sue when he spoke about insulting messages and how this “often cause severe psychological stress and harm.” (Walden, 2011). This experience definitely made me realize that, with all the best intention, if you do not speak kindly to others and choose the words you convey, the other person can be negatively affected in the end. I also realized that, while many in society want to deny or ignore it, racism, discrimination, prejudice and/or stereotypes are still very much alive and active.