Roosevelt is known for having the most diverse student population of any high school in Oregon. So, does that mean we really understand each other?
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When is the last time someone put you into a box?
We would like to use this project to train others. Please contact us to come to your school or organization and also help students create their own similar photojournalism project.
Microaggressions in a Multicultural World
WHAT IS A MICROAGGRESSION?
Psychologist Derald Wing Sue, defines microaggressions as "brief, everyday exchanges that send denigrating messages to certain individuals because of their group membership.".
A little about our project
The importance of this issue is that it is happening more than it should and it hurts people emotionally. When I first started, I didn't know what a microaggression was. I had to research before going out and taking the pictures ... Now, what is inspirational about this was how so many people knew what microaggressions were but didn't know what the word meant. So, informing the people about this problem was amazing. When I heard what people have said, I was surprised that they thought it was OK.
I used to regularly get asked the question: Where are you from? And I would answer:I am from Guatemala, Huehuetenango. But, they would always respond with: No, where are you really from - as if I weren’t really from Guatemala. It wasn’t until I was in the journalism class for a while before I discovered this was something called a microaggression. It was challenging when my project partner Isaac and I went out into the hallways to take pictures of students about microaggressions because only a few of the students and teachers knew the meaning; the rest did not have a clue what it meant until we told them the meaning of it.
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