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"Microaggressions" - a semantic impossibility





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"Microaggressions" is actually a neolism used (misused) in a dissertation by one Chester Pierce. The disingenuity of the concept is that an aggression is by definition an intentional act. "Microaggressions" is impossible because something unintentional is never an aggression.

The misnomer goes beyond mere semantics. A well-circulated example (attributed to one Dr. Derald Wing Sue) involves an airline incident which is clearly non-discriminatory -- moving two people in the front row of a small airliner to the back when the weight-and-balance sensors on the aircraft indicated a forward CG. (The alternative would have been to either move all passengers back one row, or select 2nd row passengers to move back and hope that would be sufficient.) It is the writer's objection that is racist because it requires that the flight attendants identify one of the passengers according to race and make the seating changes around her.

The problem with the term is that, to the extent taken seriously, the action is dismissed because the reader (correctly) presumes the action in unintentional and therefore can never be characterized as an "aggression".

The implication is that if "microaggression" is used to describe something, the article is inherently calling an unintentional act intentional, using terminology which itself is deceptive. "Microaggressions" is a good topic for academic dissertations, but is about as scientifically sound as a U of U study.
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