Sunday, January 29 2012 @ 07:32 PM GMT+4

Contributed by: SK-B

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Microaggression is the idea that specific interactions between those of different races, cultures, or genders can be interpreted as non-physical aggression. The term was first coined by American psychiatrist Chester M. Pierce[1] and described 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 other races."

Microagression usually involves demeaning implications and other subtle insults against minorities, and may be perpetuated against those due to gender, sexual orientation, and ability status.[2][3][4] According to Pierce, “the chief vehicle for proracist behaviors are microaggressions. These are subtle, stunning, often automatic, and nonverbal exchanges which are ‘put-downs’ of blacks by offenders”.[5] Microaggressions may also play a role in unfairness in the legal system as they can influence the decisions of juries.[6]