You saw it. But keep quiet.
What is micro racism? It’s when white people say or do something that offends a person of color, but deny it because subconsciously, they either feel they were well intentioned or just can’t identify with behavior that is adverse to the positive view they hold of themselves, i.e., anything that challenges their moral decency image/code.
If you are an African American or any person of color, you’ve experienced this at one time or another.
For instance, you’re in a store and mysteriously you start being followed or “watched” a little more closely than the whites that are in the store. Remember a couple of years ago when ABC’s George Quinones had a segment showing just that on the show What Would You Do? http://youtu.be/hhM7Gzlt3sU
It’s a common form of racial profiling experienced by Blacks and other minorities somewhere in this country.
Of course, white folks will deny it, but lets just keep it real: they are ALL biased against minorities in some way or another.
Here are some common ones that I know off personally:
- Years ago, a white coworker asked me after watching me talk to a Black person that I had greeted and exchanged pleasantries with: “Do all Black people know each other?”
- A Black woman who was an officer of a bank being insulted by a white female coworker in her assumption that the only reason why she could dress so well was because in her opinion, “her husband was a drug dealer.”
- Being t0ld by a white colleague how “well you speak” after giving minutes in a meeting.
- Being asked: “How do you get your hair like that?”
- An Asian man admitting that one time while shopping, a white woman came up to him and said, “I’m so glad I saw you, I almost forgot to get rice.”
You get the point.
At some point or another, many minorities become the object of ignorance by unconscious white folks.
So what do we do?
I say, confront it. Don’t run from it.
I will not become the prisoner of someone else’s ignorance.
The only way racism is to be defeated; people of color have got to stop thinking that white people deserve sympathy for “not knowing” any better.