Microaggressions: Intervening in three Acts
Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work
Microaggressions, Race discrimination, Intervention
The deleterious effects of microaggressions on members of marginalized groups are well documented. Less clear are the practice skills needed to intervene when microaggressions take place, particularly in ways that maintain strong relationships with students, colleagues and/or clients. Furthermore, too often discussions of responses to microaggressions are restricted to the position of bystander, ignoring the ways that human service providers may also perpetrate or be targets of injustice. Using vignettes from our practice experience, we provide guiding principles for constructive microaggression intervention from three key social locations: perpetrator, witness, and target.
Thurber, A., DiAngelo, R. (2018). Microaggressions: Intervening in three Acts. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 27(1), 17-27. doi: 10.1080/15313204.2017.1417941