Opinion: Challenging racial micro-agressions

Joyce Ng

I recently came across a BuzzFeed article titled “21 Racial Micro-aggressions you hear on a Daily Basis.” According to the article, “micro-aggression” is defined as “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color.” The article listed 21 micro-aggressions that Fordham College students identified as a part of their lives. A few that I found to be the most compelling included, “What are you?” “You’re not really Asian,” “So… you’re Chinese… right?”