Tips for Interrupting Microaggressions
● I’m just curious...what makes you ask that?
● I heard you say XXX. What makes you believe that?
● Can you give me some examples?
● XX brings up a good point but I didn’t get to hear all of it. Can XX repeat it?
● I’m wondering what message this is sending her. Do you think you would have said this to a white male?
● When I hear that remark, I’m offended too because I feel that it marginalizes an entire group of people that I work with.
● I don’t think this is funny. Please stop.
● I want to go back to something I heard you say yesterday. I’m wondering what made you ask that/say that
Tips for interrupting microaggressions:
● Use impact and preference statements together
● Separate the person from the behavior - “you’re racist” versus “that could be perceived as racist”
● Try using “what made you” or “how” instead of “why”, which can put people on the defensive
● Think about your own intention versus impact in interrupting the microaggression