Discourse / Tumblr

I started this 21 Day Challenge today and opted to read an article about microaggressions. The images and main point in the article were not new to me, but I was intrigued by the author’s brief history of the term microaggression.

While the term “microaggressions” has been a part of academic discourse for some time (“micro-inequities” was coined by an MIT Ph.D. in 1973), it became better known through the popular Tumblr Microaggressions. (Heben Nigatu)

A visit to the Tumblr page reminded me of the power of the current “Black @ ___ Instagram pages emanating from schools across the nation. The students creating and commenting on these images are often extremely nimble in their use of academic discourse AND the kinds of practical and popular communication channels that allow messages to not only spread, but also to shift thinking, policy, and behavior. They are teaching us so much right now.

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