Microaggression Essay

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Summation of Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life
Racial Microaggressions Summation
Cross-Cultural Psychology 3235
Dr. Keith Blah Blah

Summation of Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life
I have read and fully understand the article Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life: the Implications for Clinical Practice. However, I must admit the article does not sit well with me and I have learned I have been a microaggressor since my early days; specifically, I have offered microinsults many times over without even realizing it. Through the years, I have thought of myself as one who consciously believes in equal rights for “all”; not just the American people, but people of all races across the entire globe. Granted, I have never
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I consider myself one who holds morals and values at the forefront; and my friends, regardless of race, know this about me. If you were to ask my Venezuelan friend if I offended her, I can guarantee you she would say, “not at all”. However, I do not deny that if another white person would have made the same inquiry as to her cultural background, the results could have been significantly different in that she could have taken offense (although I don’t believe she would because she is one of the most open-minded person I know). The bottom line, though, is that I did not offend her because of who I am, what I stand for, and what I believe in. The article, then, really agitates me as it seems to stereotype all whites as microaggresors. As a matter of fact, I found it very difficult to actually tune-in and absorb the material.
I guess what I gathered most about the article is that microaggression is extremely detrimental to the counseling setting and occurs quite often. Although usually unintentional and unrealized, white therapists are often guilty of microagressions. When this occurs, therapy becomes ineffective and leads to non self-disclosure of the client, early termination of therapy, and failure of the client to return for future appointments. This is because the clients lose trust in their therapists and feel misunderstood and undervalued.
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