racial, gender, and sexual-orientation microaggressions
Exum, Keller, & Shircliffe, 2007). Indeed, avoidance of race topics has been likened to “a conspiracy of silence” (Sue, 2005).
Making the “invisible” visible is the first step toward combating uncon- scious and unintentional racism, sexism, heterosexism, and other forms of bigotry. That is the primary purpose and goal of this book:
to describe and make visible microaggressions
to describe the dynamic psychological interplay between perpetrator and recipient
to describe the individual and societal consequences of microaggressions
to reveal how microaggressions create maximal harm
to recommend individual, institutional, and societal strategies that will ameliorate the harms aimed toward marginalized groups in this nation