According to PsychologyToday.com, “Microaggressions are the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership.”
In the article “Clayton Students Ask Their Teachers To Help Squelch Stereotypes at School“, microaggression is the main topic of discussion. Students at Wydown Middle School deal with racial stereotypes from classmates and stereotypes influenced assumptions from teachers. Student Tyler Gant commented that just because he was black, tall, and wore a hood that it didn’t mean he was up to no good. Students at Wydman Middle School have developed their own equity training to work with their teachers to recognize and stop microaggression in their classes.
This topic is important to consider in our contemporary social climate. It is a topic that should be taken seriously in our national parks so that we can provide the most respectful and positive experiences for visitors and student groups.
Watch a TED talk on microaggression.
After you have read the article and watched the video, identify how you can use this information about microaggression to improve interactions with park guests and student groups at your park.
Taketa, Kristen. “Clayton Students Ask Their Teachers to Help Squelch Stereotypes at School”. St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 17 June 2018.