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Young Photographer Highlights The Every-Day Racism That Many Of Us Don’t See
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Young Photographer Highlights The Every-Day Racism That Many Of Us Don’t See

Today’s fight against racism is not as much a large-scale fight against overt and symbolic foes like Nazis or the KKK as it is an every-day fight against people’s ingrown bigotry and ignorance – against the every-day “micro-aggressions” through which people express their bigotry. This point is illustrated perfectly by young U.S. photographer Kiyun, who created a series of images of Fordham University students holding up placards with micro-aggressions that they’ve heard.

The micro-aggression, originally coined academically in the 1970s, is a small behaviour, phrase or other action that exhibits a hostile or derogatory attitude towards a minority – or, in this case, towards racial minorities. The comments, attitudes and actions that Kiyun’s subjects have witnessed are just that – minor acts of social aggression that affirm those people’s bigotries against the subjects of Kiyun’s photos.

Kiyun’s project essentially underscores the importance of empathy and communication. Even when we don’t think that we’re offending someone, others may not see it that way.

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Dream Wolf
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3 years ago

Oh yes, this is true. But those who do not have to go through it will continue to deny its existence

deanna woods
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2 years ago

I am black and have been asked by other black people "Why do you talk white?" I don't, I talk like I am educated, which I am.

the omnisexual demigirl
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10 months ago

I am biracial and I'm not very tanned I'm like in the middle of tanned and white and I get people asking me(people I have known for years!!) how I pronounce my last name and mocking me because of it.

Dream Wolf
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh yes, this is true. But those who do not have to go through it will continue to deny its existence

deanna woods
Community Member
2 years ago

I am black and have been asked by other black people "Why do you talk white?" I don't, I talk like I am educated, which I am.

the omnisexual demigirl
Community Member
10 months ago

I am biracial and I'm not very tanned I'm like in the middle of tanned and white and I get people asking me(people I have known for years!!) how I pronounce my last name and mocking me because of it.

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