The Muting Effect of the Microaggression Concept November 25, 2015Posted by geoff in News.
I was watching the MTV video on microaggressions the other day:
…and it struck me that all those “microaggressions” really seem to be the sorts of things people way when they don’t know what to say.
The microaggressing white person has been told that they should relate to minority groups and try to understand their perspective (and it’s a natural sort of impulse anyway). So they try to strike up a conversation about their differences. But the danger of causing offense to a member of a minority group limits the sorts of topics one can broach in casual conversation. So instead, whites have tried to reach out by talking about the most banal topics: accents, hair, music, etc., with the prospect that it will lead to more meaningful discussions and relationships after the ice has been broken.
Having identified these as microaggressions, the conversation now appears to be restricted to how right and just minority groups are, and how evil and tainted whites are.
Which, even if true, makes for very boring conversation.