Ignorance: the Blog

by Liz Colville

Remember microaggressions? Those little action figures (NO — phrases) that hurt you and me? Well, there is now a tumblr devoted to microaggressions, which, recap: are basically careless, sometimes ignorant, sometimes racist proclamations, greetings, expressions, questions, and so on. On this tumblr, people contribute the microaggressions that they’ve either been subjected to or overheard. They’re so great! No.

One microaggressor told someone:

Looks like you only got the good genes. You don’t look Native American at all.

And here’s what a third-grade teacher told one of her students when she said she wanted to be a filmmaker:

Little blacks girls don’t grow up to make movies. They grow up to have babies and go to jail.