Maybe you’ve seen micro aggression in action but I haven’t which considering it’s supposed to be some kind of an “everyday” occurrence is kind of surprising. I don’t have anyone in my life who says negative things to other people because of their gender, race, sexual orientation, etc. I certainly wouldn’t have a friend who’d do something like this because I’m not a fan of mean-spirited people.
The First Amendment protects freedom of speech which includes what some people are calling micro aggression. How could it realistically be made illegal? Would we reach a point where calling someone “ugly” could get you arrested or held liable in a civil court? Who exactly would decide the “mean” words that might upset someone? Who’d decide how long the jail time should be for saying something that was micro aggressive? The thought of this is outrageous.
There’s no doubt that in my company if someone said negative things about someone’s race, sexual orientation, etc., and it upset her he’d get fired if he continued to do it. He has the Constitutional right to say what he wants but we also have the right to fire him for saying things our company doesn’t want. If someone does something that negatively affects another employee, we don’t like it as it takes away from our ability to be a successful company which could negatively impact a lot of lives.
There’s no doubt in my mind that just like with police violence against African Americans, micro aggression isn’t systemic. It’s a rarity that doesn’t even deserve its own word but today’s powderpuff culture demands it and uses it as a key to open the door to their safe rooms.