Anything I say, offends you.
What ever happened to the old saying: “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”? Now it seems that words hurt even more—they hurt twice. Because if you become triggered—you will look for a stick or pick up a rock, to try to hurt me in return.
Even though I’m trying to be truthful, I can’t chime in, I can’t opine, out of fear that you’ll accuse me of provoking you with my implicit biases. I just hope that you don’t retaliate, by trying to cancel our first amendment, just because you felt the prick of a micro-aggression.
Because if you censor me, it won’t be long before you’re censored too, and then who is going to want—to talk to you?
By: ElRoyPoet, 2021
“How do microaggressions actually harm people? Research has shown that microaggressions, although they’re seemingly small and sometimes innocent offenses, can take a real psychological toll on the mental health of their recipients. This toll can lead to anger and depression and can even lower work productivity and problem-solving abilities.
Plus, they can affect a work or school environment, making it more hostile and less validating and perpetuate stereotype threat (the fear of confirming existing stereotypes about one’s group, which can have a negative impact on confidence and achievement).
None of this is hard to imagine if you simply consider how it would impact your life if you felt like you were subject to a constant stream of insults and slights and were always bracing for or recovering from an offense. It’s not just about being upset, though: some researchers have found that microaggressions can even cause physical health problems.”
Excerpt from What exactly is a microagression?
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have trouble; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Bible, John 16:33