“Is That Healthy?” Experiences of Microagressions by Black Women at Historically Black Institutions

Marcia Allen Owens, The Feminist Wire, November 8, 2012

“Is that healthy?” the administrator asks, as we discuss a female student’s concerns. Meanwhile, she watches me, an untenured Black woman professor, holding tightly to my handful of journals in which I have chronicled years of microagressions and microinequities levied against me, as I wait until I receive tenure.

Racial microaggressions are brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, and environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults to the target person or group.

The term microinequities describes the “pattern of being overlooked, underrespected, and devalued because of one’s race or gender.”

Much has been written about microaggressions against minority academics who are teaching at majority institutions. Through the lens of womanist scholarship, some has been written about Black women in general and in the academy overall, as well as theological scholarship in majority institutions. Other work looks at student incivility by students of color toward professors of color, but also in the context of majority institutions.

However, I’m a Black woman professor in the sciences at an HBCU (Historically Black College or University). Although I am a member of the majority race in the academic context of my university, I am the sole Black woman on the faculty in my academic unit. Some teach at HBCUs in order to escape the overt racism more likely to be experienced in majority institutions. However, that does not immunize us from microinequities based on race and/or gender.  In discussing the struggles of Black women in the academy, Nancy Lynne Westfield writes:

Too much of our teaching work involves fending off the racist stereotypes foisted upon us by white students (and students of color covetous of whiteness).

However, the microagressions against Black women at HBCUs are minimized, marginalized, and often overlooked altogether. {snip}

My own experiences can be shared and categorized through the terminology of Sue et. al. as microassaults, microinsults, and microinvalidations.

microassault is an explicit racial derogation characterized primarily by a verbal or nonverbal attack meant to hurt the intended victim through name-calling, avoidant behavior, or purposeful discriminatory actions.

{snip}  Microassaults to Black women in the HBCU context can often come from Black women students and staff. One young woman, who entered our doctoral program after having earned a Master’s from a majority institution, looked at the volumes on my bookshelf; she saw one particular book and pulled it from my shelf. In our discussion, I noted that I used it for one of the classes in our core curriculum. She replied, “Hmm… So, I don’t have to take your class. I already took it from the [white male] person who wrote the book.” My response (in Sapphire mode) to this macro-level invalidation of my presence and authority in her current institution was, “Well, he won’t be here for your comprehensive exams, nor will he be on your committee.”

Similarly, another young Black woman was introduced to me by the director and associate director of my academic unit, as I was assigned (without my consent or assent) to be her undergraduate academic advisor. This assignment came through the erroneous assumption that all Black women students would want me, the only Black woman faculty member, as a role model. A further erroneous assumption is that since the majority of our students are Black women, that I have the time, ability, and/or inclination to mentor every Black woman in the unit.

In any event, the student called the two male administrators Dr. X and Dr. Y. (It should be noted that our institution, as are many HBCUs, is very formal with respect to using titles, a historical practice that may have been born to combat the microaggressions of majority culture.) They introduced me as Dr. Owens and she immediately said, “Hello Miss Owens,” not even “Mrs.,” for I am indeed married.  She was corrected, “No, this is Dr. Owens.” And her reply was, “She must be Miss, Mrs., or something. What difference does it make? It ain’t that crucial!” They asked her to apologize, and she refused, saying, “For what?!” I then suggested that she needed a new advisor; at that point, I was called upon to be Mammy when the director said, “Dr. Owens, she needs you, she just doesn’t know it yet.” My response was, “Even if it kills me?”


So, I hold on for dear life to my handful of journals that contain the reality of prolonged exposure to daily gendered microagressions at an institution in which I am in the racial majority. The administrator asks, “Is that healthy?” My reply, preceded by a deep sigh, is “Absolutely not.”

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  • Dr. Owens got  problems.

  • Francis Galton

    In other words, if anything anyone ever says or does–even a dirty look–hurts your feelings or sense or racial pride, it’s an act of aggression.  I smell a new wave of 1984-style hate speech laws coming up….

    • Oil Can Harry

      This “doctor” is obsessed with “microaggressions, microinequities and microassaults” because she has a microbrain.

      • Exoplanet Finder

        VIVA L’OIL CAN! OIL CAN! Keep it comin’! Couldn’t have said it better.

    • Exoplanet Finder

      Amren should start a charity, a non-profit, and we can all donate: ‘Tickets for underprivileged Americans aching to find a non-discriminatory ‘home’,” in the case of this woman, because of her race, in Africa. Let’s say, Ghana. Nice, neutral territory. Or, Liberia, they have a ‘connexion’ to us. They will welcome her home.

  • Rjsns16

    Before long these infantile leftists will intellectualize wiping one’s behind.  

    • Michael_C_Scott

      They already have.  With this “microagression” nonsense, which the rest of us call “freedom of association”, they are saying “I pooped my diaper and now you have to wipe me!”

      • EndTimesComing

        Nah.  More like they want US to wipe THEIR behinds at every opportunity.  They make things a mess, and we have to clean it up else we are engaging in micro-aggresson or micro-bigotry.  

        • Michael_C_Scott

          Didn’t I just say that?

        • Gracchus123

          It’s just a “micro” step from kissing to wiping though, isn’t it?

  • Puggg

     What, are real injustices so rare that we have to turn on the microscope and magnify 1,000,000 times to find one?  “Micro” is one-millionth in metric jargon.

    • EndTimesComing

      She’s an HBCU graduate.  Do you really think she nows that?  To her, the good Doctor, micro is smaller than macro which is  not as big as gigantic and is larger than tiny.

      • Puggg

        The smallest possible injustice is yoctodiscrimination. You can fit a trillion trillion such discriminations in the space of one plain ole regular discrimination.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      I prefer mega-aggression.  The sissy stuff never worked out very well.

      • Forward_8826

        I’d pay to be her student simply for the privilege of
        sitting in the front row, enjoying a banana during class, and watching her

  • So the worst thing these black women have to fear are MICRO-problems?  I can think of more than a few MACRO problems facing the White race.  These blacks are so unbelievably narcissistic and obsessed with race it makes you wonder how they get up in the morning without the help of the NAACP.

    • The__Bobster

      Is there anything “micro” about a ghetto queen? 

      • Biff_Maliboo

         The list of things that don’t set them off is pretty darn tiny.

      • Michael_C_Scott

        Brains, introspection, compassion, restraint, proportion, sotto voce: the list goes on and on.

      • OlderWoman

         I take issue with using the word ‘ghetto’ with blacks. Ghetto’s were surrounded by barbed wire, guarded by the military and people were forced to live in them. Why romanticize it for blacks. They have slum mentality and that’s exactly what they create. Their colleges are filthy and trash is everywhere. A racist black woman told me they are like that so they create jobs for people. Ignorant people. Dumb as a mud fence.

        • FourFooted_Messiah

          Technically, a “ghetto” is simply a minority community within a larger majority area.  When viewed in its original sense, there’s not really any negatives attached to it, nor positives – it’s a neutral concept.

          Not all ghettoes were slums; the Jewish ghettos of the Middle Ages were actually very successful, if I remember right.  And those are not to be confused with the forced ghettoes of the Nazis.  Birds of a feather, and all.

          • Svigor

            Jewish ghettos were (are) two way streets, the barriers at least as much the work of Jews as Europeans.  It always amazes me how people can wholly blame Europeans for the segregation of a people who call themselves the “Chosen People of G-d” and have purity and separation laws as long as your arm.  It wasn’t the Europeans who had laws against eating with the other, who had words for all humans other than themselves, etc.

          • Steve

            There are no current Jewish ghettos in Europe. As soon as Jews were legally allowed to move out of the ghetto, or the Pale, they moved. Christians and Muslims also believe themselves to be God’s elect. All cultures have words for humans other than thmselves. Greeks called non-greeks barbarians. Christians called non-Christians unbelievers. Moslems called non-muslims kafirs. To the point, Jewish ghettos were never dangerous places for non-Jews. A jewish neighborhood or city will be safe and functioning and prosperous. Arabs in Israel (and illegal African migrants) want to get into Israeli Jewish cities, which they will ruin if allowed to do so. Israel in 60 years has built safe, prosperous cities, despite the difficult circumstances it finds itself in. To compare a Jewish ghetto with a black urban ghetto or with current Muslim no-go areas in Europe is comparing apples and oranges.

      • Xerxes22

        I’ll bet that she is an unmarried ghetto queen.

  • Anon

    I wonder what words are missing from the student’s quote, “I already took it from the [white male] person who wrote the book.”  What are those brackets covering up?  It seems kind of odd that the student would say “I already took it from the person who wrote the book.”  I think I would say, “I already took it from the author.”

    • dhs

       Good question! My guess would be that the phrase would reference  excrement, incest, and/or race.

    • Svigor

      Probably his proper name.

  • Yourhoghead

    If you believe the number 39 is part of a conspiracy you will see that number everywhere and every day. This is no different.

    •  my god i was sure i was the only one!

      • OlderWoman

        I had to give up on numbers. I used to listen to the Spaceman on A View From Space out of Toronto every Saturday night. He talked about numbers used in the press to send signals to the Illuminati. Before long all I could think about was numbers and what they signify. I know some believe Revelation 9:11 was the basis for 911. Read it, it’s interesting.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      Thank you for not using blasphemous insults agsinst the number 37, which is at least prime, quite unlike 39, which is merely 3 multiplied by 13.

      I think 37 is pure, and ought to be respected as such.   Don’t disrespect 37, unless that is another number we ought to ban.  I don’t keep track of those.

      • FourFooted_Messiah

         But 37 is inherently evil, in tiny, tiny, little ways you’re not meant to notice.

        It just goes around masquerading as pure, and gets away with it because it is prime.

        • Michael_C_Scott

          At some very short point in my life, my age will be 13 pi.  I plan on being primally irrational for a little while that day.  Since I’m already a primate, I suspect this is allowed.

    • Stealthmodeon

       – Warning! Humour injection incoming! –

      The answer is 42.

  • cecilhenry

    See, the only way in these people minds to get rid of that envy of the white man, that feeling of inferiority whether true or not, is to kill the white man.

    Envy leads to hatred and attempted GENOCIDE.

    So stand and and say no to the hypocrisy and evil or apologize and sympathizing with these people’s ‘hurt’ feelings.

    It is envy and pure aggression pretending to be a plea for ‘equality’.


  • I’m a Black woman professor in the sciences at an HBCU … that does not immunize us from microinequities based on race and/or gender.

    This reminds me of something Camille Paglia (the anti-feminist feminist) said of a woman wearing a miniskirt who was suffered the indignity of a man commenting on her sexy legs. The woman described the incident as a ‘mini-rape’.

    Good heaven. If you suffer this much emotion trauma working around other blacks, lock yourself in a closet.

     My suggestion would be to move to a deserted island. No people, no daily indignations.

    • FourFooted_Messiah

       Meanwhile, many young women with the goods worth showing off, wear miniskirts specifically in order to show off what they have.  And hey, if you got it, flaunt it, but don’t get upset if someone COMPLIMENTS you.

      Jeez,. at 44., I wish I only had the confidence to wear a skirt or something.  But every time I contemplate something like that, all I can hear is laughter.

  • so blacks really do have victimhood down to a science.   the next volume will be titled “nanoaggressions inflicted by the Universe”,  followed by “Fine tuning your ESP to detect   microracism in caucasians”

    • The clinical definition for this psychosis used to be called paranoia.

      • Melykin

        That’s what I was thinking. This woman is crazy.

      • Stan_Mute

        No, I think it’s simpler than paranoia and extremely well documented with negroes. They max out every test on self-esteem because they are 100% self-absorbed, much like a child. This is no different. They fail to see the scope and depth of the world around them, the complicated machineries of billions of people exercising their own interests, and see only how it affects *them*.

        An example written into this same piece is the woman’s outrage that a student learned the subject matter from the author of the book. Clearly the book’s author knows less than this woman and she is actually insulted that anyone could possibly not share her view of her own greatness.

        Spend some time among negroes and you will see this repeated over and over ad infinitum (and ad nauseum). This *severe* self-absorption I think is the root of most of the cultural/societal disconnect between negroes and other, more reflective and magnanimous racial groups.

        • That too.

          This woman clearly does nothing but think about herself and believes she should be seen as the center of attention. So she dissects every human interaction and discovers she’s not getting the positive re-enforcement she believes she deserves.

          Her indignation grows and people around her perceive her as pushy and obnoxious. She drives people away and blames it on microagression.

          The world is wrong, not her.

          It’s an endless self-fulfilled cycle.

  •  “Too much of our teaching work involves fending off the racist
    stereotypes foisted upon us by white students (and students of color
    covetous of whiteness).”

    So, whites have arbitrarily “foisted” various stereotypes  on blacks, and just by coincidence these invented stereotypes turned out to be uncannily accurate?

    • Stan_Mute

      In the mind of the negro, “I” am the greatest. What is “mines” is the best. What “I” do could not be done better.

      By extension, since “I” am great, my entire race must also be great.

      And if “I” and my race are the greatest, how do I explain the relative paucity I see. How is it that whitey live in nicer homes, drive better cars, has better jobs, and (perhaps most importantly!) has better hair?

      Conduct a thought experiment where you try to think as a child would and solve the above contradiction. *That* is the reality from which the *vast* majority of negroes operate. If whitey has more money, it could only be because he stole it from negroes.

  • kjh64

    I have to agree with this woman in the instance of the Black female student calling her Miss as opposed to calling her male colleages Dr. If she is a Dr., she should be called Dr. So and So. However, as I said, it was a Black woman, not White “racism” doing this.

    • IstvanIN

       Blacks call all black women “Miss”, usually Miss First Name.  It is part of their culture.  They frequently do not use last names and rarely use Mrs. or even Ms.  And blacks do not really get the finer points of etiquette. Actually they are just mildly rude all the time.  The girl wasn’t being micro-anything, she was being black.

      • FourFooted_Messiah

         I’m of the age now where if anyone called me “miss” instead of “ma’am”, I’d be bloody flattered.

        • IstvanIN

           I knew I had passed 50 when I realized I stopped referring to “older” women as ma’am and instead used Miss.  All of a sudden they were no longer “older”. 

          • Angry White Woman

            I realized I had reached middle age when I found myself addressing my mother’s contemporaries by first name instead of “Mrs. Jones” or whatever.

    • Sloppo

      In this case … wouldn’t it be more correct to say “Affirmative-Action-Doctor Owens” ?  

  •  “It should be noted that our institution, as are many HBCUs, is very
    formal with respect to using titles, a historical practice that may have
    been born to combat the microaggressions of majority culture.”

    this explains “Dr. Rev. martin luther king jr. esq.” , the theory being the longer your name/title, the mo’ impotent you be

    • Michael_C_Scott

      He’s no longer “Dr. anything”, as he plagurized his doctoral dissertation.

      • robinbishop34

         His name isn’t even Martin.

  • crystal evans

    Blacks see themselves as victims and feel that they are owed something from cradle to grave. They do not want to work hard for what they get, they just want to be handed everything. A lot of what she talks about is what happens to women of all races in the work world.

    • Canis Lupus

      “A lot of what she talks about is what happens to women of all races in the work world.”

      Why is it that women have a victim mentality when they are a protected class?

      • FourFooted_Messiah

         Because the victim card is very popular nowadays.  And it isn’t even a rare card.

  • libertarian1234

    Good lord these poor fools think, eat, sleep and drink nothing but race 24 hours per day seven days per week.  It’s truly sickening.

    Besides all the other unfavorable, offensive things about them, including their loud offensive behavior and propensity for crime and violence, it’s no wonder sane white people don’t like to be around them.


    • OlderWoman

      I once worked as the only White in a black corporation. These people are unbelievably cowardly really. They’re blustery, incompetent. Their Ph.D.’s were from Tennessee State Univ. They were dumb as hell, could not do the work. Stole from the company. It was an experience I never want to repeat. Everything they focus on is their skin color and what others can do for them. It will never change. They’re hopelessly programmed robots. All my boss could do was spout inanities and try to get me to have sex with him. He was a joke but he thought he was a great intellectual. It was a terrible job. Took me only a short time to see the company would collapse under mismanagement. It did. Soon after it started it went out of business.

      • MikeofAges

         Probably a venture capital financed startup. Most of them go o/b no matter who starts and runs them. It’s all part of the plan. Think of it. Get start up money. Lose it all. Pay yourself a couple of mil or more along the way. Great work if you can get it.

        • OlderWoman

           No, actually it was a drug and alcohol treatment center for cross-addicted women and their children under five. They had received a sizable grant to run it. The bookkeeper let utilities be shut off, didn’t pay bills, didn’t balance the bank account. One ‘executive’ talked in ebonics. Interestingly enough one day she referred to me as ‘dat’ and ‘dis person’. My boss was supposedly a Psychologist but his method was just to hit on women by making clever little sexual remarks. He asked me to lunch one day for business and in the course of the conversation told me that we were on a date. Yuck! They didn’t even order office furniture for my office. I furnished it myself. The obese counselor laughed about luring white boys into alleys for sex and their being beaten up by black friends. They robbed the grant for personal items while shopping for supplies. It was reported to me. When I told ‘the boss’ all he said was “well, maybe they needed it.’ I didn’t last there very long. I did my work and left my files in good shape. One Friday night I backed my 4wd up to the back door, emptied my office, left the key and never went back. It’s hopeless to get involved with these people. They’re too simple to do anything the proper way.

          • MikeofAges

            The same idea. Spend the money until it was all gone. Just that people you were working for didn’t do it very artfully. Heck, that had to have a little diversity in their workplace too. You options were to ride the gravy train until the wheels fell off or quit. You weren’t supposed to take the situation even slightly seriously.

  • And this woman can’t understand why nobody takes her seriously!

  • EndTimesComing

    Cry babies.  All of them.  Even amongst themselves.  And this black female Doctor PhD type is probably actually PROUD of her freshman level article she’s written.  Might even be the dissertation she submitted to get her doctorate.  From an HBCU of course.

  • Groids have victimhood down to a science, after succeeding in making it into an art 47 years ago.

    • Moderators: Please refrain from using the B-word (bl*ck). It offends me to imply we’re talking about fellow human beings when reality clearly shows we’re dealing with feral, savage beasts.

    • Svigor

      ‘Twernt blacks who created that art form.

    • I’ll say this again. Mods, please refrain from referring to these things as “bl*cks” or “bl*ck people.” As someone who doesn’t use the knuckles on his fingers to move about, that practice offends me immensely

  • tickyul

    Wow…I am a Weirdo American…..about 4 feet tall and pretty damn uggo…..BOO HOO.

    I guess everyone wants to be a victim…life is not fair….deal with it.

    But she is an Urban American woman, so I guess this nonsense rates a bogus study and news coverage…LOL. 

  • OlderWoman

    These people are mindnumbingly boring. How immature. How DISGUSTINGLY INSANE. What a colossal waste of space this person is.

  • Ulick

    Please.  It’s the exact opposite.  People bend over backwards around blacks because they’re deathly afraid of being viewed as racist. 

    So if a White Person 1 does something questionable to White Person 2, White Person 2 may call them on it, but would likely let it slide if the other person was black because they wouldn’t want the black person to think the beef is racial. 

    Or if White Person 1 is wearing a bad outfit or having a bad hair day, White Person 2 who works with them may kid them about it.  This seldom if ever happens when the other person is black.  The white person would be afraid that his playful kidding about the bad hair or outfit would be viewed as racist by the black person.

    Further, most (if not all) of these “microagressions” are not real and are instead in this lady’s mind.  She’s been told her entire life that she’s the victim and white people are out to get her so all of her experiences are filtered through that prism.  She looks for things to confirm her worldview, and when those things don’t exist she makes them up.

  • Ulick

    The author has a very strong inferioty complex.  It may be because deep down she senses that it’s true.

  • mrfinoni

    it says a lot….educated blacks do not respect other educated blacks….they have seething resentment towards whites……..i ask….why didnt obama find himself a nice bi-racial hawiian…..

  • Indiana Guy

    In other words ” I can think up an endless list of reasons why I am ENTITLED to things”!

  • LHathaway

    doesn’t she work at a HBC, where there’s no white student union, and for a university system that is proud to nakedly discriminate against whites? and she’s the one complaining? they’re out to purge any last bit of conservatism that might be left in academia. She probably will need a microscope to find it. 

  • MAJ

    What do you expect from a micro-brain?

    HBCU=Micro Education

  • Anonymous

    I can’t even follow what this … …. …. person … …. is talking about. Black men are micro-sexist against black women?? News to me!

    • dhs

       You are only displaying your ignorance; Dr. Owens must be knowledgable about such matters. In addition to being a black woman, she has degrees in biology, law, educatiomalism (Ph.d), and theologicy.  That means that if anybody knows the stuff about microsexism, she be it.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    “I have chronicled years of microagressions and microinequities levied against me.”

    “Environmental indignities”

    “Through the lens of womanist scholarship” 

    “microassaults,” “microinsults,” and “microinvalidations.”

    “macro-level invalidation of my presence.”

    Okay, this is all a bunch of new age, utopian nonsense with no basis in science.

    This aggrieved fool is talking nonsense and using a lot of words to do it.


    •  can you imagine what an ordeal it must be  to sit in her class?  that journal sitting right there on her desk. she was so fixated on recording every incident that subconsciously she must have provoked many of of these “microassaults”

      • PC must go

        I record every “incident” I have with blacks, latinos and asians too…. 

        • OlderWoman

           So do I. I file it away for future reference. My experiences and observations have served me well. Especially about blacks. They are so predictable.

          • StillModerated

            Served with them in the US Navy — useless, and disobedient.
            Worked with them as a contractor: Illiterate, and afraid of pens and paper.
            Deal with them ever more frequently in government offices: surly, with frequent breaks — about 15 minutes of every hour. Frequently prone to errors.
            In traffic: Aggressive, selfish, rude, insolent, etc.
            As neighbors: They borrow stuff and only return it when badgered and hectored.
            As cashiers: head for the long line with the old white lady. You’ll be done quicker.
            As politicians: hands in the cookie jar, and you know what in the honey pot.

            But they do make wonderful tap dancers, street evangelists, panhandlers, dope pushers …. I won’t go on about how wonderful diversity has become.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      Perhaps I can help with this woman, via a Mike Scott mega-invalidation:

      “You are not only obtusely stupid, but also supernally irrelevant, Ma’am, as well as being gargoyle-ugly.”

      Perhaps she will eventually collect the wits to understand these facts… just joking there.

      Next case?

    • StillModerated

       This aggrieved fool is talking nonsense and using a lot of words to do it.

      Uh Huh! It’s what that ilk are best at.  There seems to be an inverse relationship between the amount idiots say and the amount worth hearing. I guess that’s why the Holy Gospel say, “be a light unto the world.” HBCUs apparently exist to train loudmouths into making even more noise  – especially on television.

  • B Jenkum

    I think she brings up some good points. I think many of us are far to subtle and need to crank the Macro attitude.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      Go “Mega” instead of “Macro”. 

      When one decribes a stupid, obese loudmouth as only that, we waste our breath, as there are so many of them.

  • so we are supposed to care about her “suffering” microaggression at the hands of  whites while at the same time we suffer macrobeatings and macromurders and macrorapes at the hands of blacks?

    • Nimadan

       Yep, that is exactly what we are supposed to do.  And any White, who’s fool enough to fulfill this demand, will be rewarded by getting to keep doing so for the rest of his life.

    • Stan_Mute

      Yes. Forever.

      “We” took the negro from his paradise in Africa and thus became responsible for him. “We” then took him from a system where his every need, cradle to grave, was provided and his only responsibility was to follow our instruction in domestic and farm chores. “We” then destroyed that security and told him he was our equal and that his failings were our fault, pushed him out into a competitive marketplace where all the spoils go to the cleverest. But since he was our “equal” and his failings could only be our fault, we created a new system that then continued to provide for his every need from cradle to grave.

      This cycle cannot change or end until one of the two groups is subsumed or expelled. As long as there are negroes, it will be the responsibility of whites to assure cradle to grave food, shelter, healthcare, and a lifetime of goodies.

  • “i dun kilt him cuz he dun  microdissed me, ufeelin me?”

  • Nothing but moronic jibberish,  if this is the most important issue she has to worry about then she isn’t intelligent enough to teach anyone. Another excuse used to shield their failure.

  • .

    I’m tempted to say the woman is just paranoid (and she probably is) but there is probably something to it. Think about it. Let’s say she’s angry and difficult to get along with. Naturally, others would respond to her with what she calls “microagression”. People are just responding to the way she treats them. If she was nicer to others then others would be nicer to her.

    Moreover, its obvious why they’re assigning her a bunch of difficult female students to advise. My dad was a manager and used to use that tactic all the time. When he had two very difficult people he would always assign them to work together. That way they would drive each other nuts and leave everyone else alone.

  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    People like this woman are the reason why I’m perfectly comfortable talking about black group dysfunction without making exceptions for the “Talented Tenth”.  Her drivel exemplifies that Tenth, and shows that a Ph.D does little to improve their attitudes or behavior.  I would concede that there may be a Millionth that actually do something useful with their lives and contribute something to the world, but surely that falls in the category of statistically negligible.

  • DelmarJackson

    I was watching Public Tv channel 2 in Miami. The show was asking the wquestion why so many black residents were leaving Miami, the theme was racism. The guests were all hispanic and black. the moderator, himself a minority, after listening to ten minutes of guests saying racism was the cause of blacks leaving, and none of the hispanics owning up to any racism from the hispanics as the cause, finally asked a black journaist to describe his racist encounters in Miami.  He paused for a long time, and then said while on lunch break at the Miami herald, which is located on Biscayne bay, he went to a nearby hotel on the bay and walked in the marina docks to look at the luxury yachts located there. A security guard , asked him if he was a yacht owner and asked him to leave the docks if he was not supposed to be there.

    So, a security guard asking an unknown person to leave a guarded area full of million dollar yachts felt this was his worst racist encounter he could offer of a black man living in Miami.

     public TV can be a goldmine of information. I once watched a low budget community affairs show on WPBT and the very earnest and unknowing carribean woman host asked her guest, an immgration attorney, why the city needed so many immigrants. The attorney, who was equally politically naive as the moderator, said in a very low and hushed voice as if she was revealing a secret only the two of them could hear, that some of her clients actually needed workers to work 7 days a week, and it was impossible for her clients to find local workers that would work at their jobs 7 days a week.

     You can’t make this stuff up.

    • eunometic

      A lot of nonsense will be written about why Romney lost. Well, no doubt he’s another race traitor who has no point, however the explanation seems simple; minorities sense the weakness are ganging up on Whites.

      That 93% of Blacks and 70% of Hispanics voted for a minority President is proof not of White racism but Minority racism. Minorities collude, they hold the Orwellian double standard quite well. A double standard is evidence of hidden agenda.

  • rightrightright

    This is pap.  She has microwaved her brain.

  • Guest

    The phrase “womanist scholarship” makes me feel intensely microagressive.

  • Anon

    I am a practitioner of microempowerments, brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, and environmental dignities, whether intentional or unintended, that communicate friendly, encouraging, or positive racial props and compliments to the target person or group.  I may not have ‘done’ anything but people feel better about themselves when they are around me.

    Or is this another one of those things that only works one way, like black people not being capable of being racist and white people not having a culture?

  • FourFooted_Messiah

    What?  Has human skin now evolved to be that paper-thin?

    What’s all this demanding love, now?  First they demanded tolerance, OK, that’s not too hard.  But we didn’t have to “love” the special interest groups involved (blacks, gays, etc).  Now they all demand love.

    Avoidance behaviour?  Maybe that person just doesn’t like YOU?

    Reemember that freedom of association is like freedom of religion – both include the concept of freedom FROM (association, religion).  If I don’t want to associate with someone, for WHATEVER REASON, then you shouldn’t be able to force me to associate with that person or people.  My reasons are my own, and no-one else’s business.

    And if I don’t want to associate with you, for whatever reason, why on earth should you want to associate with me?

    • IstvanIN

       Only the government should have to treat citizens the same.  One set of laws for all.  Individuals should be allowed to associate with whom they wish as long as they do not actively hurt another person, and quite frankly not allowing someone to eat in my restaurant is not actively hurting someone, and should be legal.

      • FourFooted_Messiah


        There are signs saying that “management reserves the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason”, and that should be enough.

        And yeah, “one law for all” is my mantra.  Don’t like that we don’t allow polygamy?  Tough, you don’t have to be here.  Don’t like that we eat pork and drink alcohol?  Tough, move to Saudi.  Get off on children?  Then move to Bahrain like Mike Jackson did or go to jail.

        I had to laugh at some Somali imam living in Toronto who went on TV demanding that Khat be legalized in Canada “so as to show we’re not racist or culturist”.  All I can say to that is, “Buddy, you better get in line behind the millions of white and Native Canadians waiting for marijuana to be legalized, since that’s part of OUR Canadian culture which is being denied us legally because of pressures from a foreign country.”

  • Dr. James

    I highly recommend that this poor mentally oppressed Black
    fool and the rest of her brethren, choose and African country to suit their needs and move there.
    Then you will get relief from your trepidation simply
    because there will be no white people to provide this created mental

    • gemjunior

      I wish they would all pack up and move to Africa.  It would be the greatest thing that ever happened to America.  Not only good for us but great for them — they’d be in a country where they could all be equal, competative, and free of all those paranoid racism imaginings and dwelling in the past.  Some white officers spraying the hose on them is a reel running over and over and over on PBS and the history channels, and it’s so nauseating to me.  My feeling is they are the most ungrateful people who ever walked on the earth and would be best served by removing themselves from us “haters”.  Surely, they have the intelligence and IQ to aspire to creating an even better, kinder, more peaceful civilization or utopian society of equality than whites ever did.  It’s something we’ve all seen in the countries that received Africans through history – they have adequate clean, safe housing, sanitation services, etc.  Why wouldn’t they put these skills to use in their own homeland – to lift it from poverty?   And their engineering and architectural skills!  Unsurpassed in the world – amazing.  (Oh wait a minute, I think I just banged my head or something.)

      Before this can happen, white libs must all be neutralized.

      • Michael_C_Scott

        Neutralized?  Say instead “killed”.

        • StillModerated

           Mississippi wind chimes! Go Earl Turner!

  • Guest

    Microagressions?  They’re looking to put whites into re-education camps by building a microlegal case against us by microdocumenting these trumped up microcomplaints.  This sort of microcarping is ridiculous, until it becomes the basis of government micropolicy, which is not far-fetched under a microsympathetic Obama administration.  The would-be thought police are indeed keeping  journals, but they merely serve to reveal the juvenile pettiness of the black mind.
    Is there anything more comical than the hubris of a black Marxist/feminist wallowing in self-pity?  I’m still laughing.

    • Unfortunately, it’s more Kafkaesque than funny when you’re charged with the thought crime of ‘microagression’ against a minority. How do you defend yourself against someones’ paranoid perceptions? 

      • Michael_C_Scott

        You can’t, which is entirely the point.

  • William

    Could you imagine working with people like this? Constantly worrying and fretting about being reprimanded for a “micro-agressive” remark?
    Nothing poisons personal relationships more than PC.

    • IstvanIN

       When I told a group of employees to stop acting like hooligans and be quiet I was warned that “hooligan” was racist!  I can not keep up with it.

      • Mark P

         If hooligan is racist, all the more reason for your employees not to act like hooligans.

    • Canis Lupus

      Working with her must be such a pleasure. Since she wrote an article about racism, im sure that she was NEVER was outwardly hostile towards white people in any way. (sarc off)
      She has the world by her fingertips and still finds a reason to complain. She will never be satisfied.

  • Daisy

    Of course, 1)it’s our fault as white people that 2)some black people are allegedly ‘microaggressing’ towards this black faculty member.  I can’t even begin to decide which point is more absurd… 

    • Michael_C_Scott

      No: as a woman, it isn’t your fault.  All of this is the fault of heterosexual white men like me.

      Everyone knows it was white male rapists who invented the concept of killing animals just for the sake of dehumanizing them, disenfranchising them and in fact eating them and wearing their pelts as clothing.

      It is also widely recognised that we want control over women, some not even of our own race, inflicting ourselves upon their bodies, even to the extent of marrying them and raising the children that result as our own.  Horrible!

      We also are alleged to enjoy really big wars, though strangely, it is rarely lesbian vegetarian communists of color who are sent home from those missing their eyes, arms, legs, or lives.


    • eunometic

      50% chip on shoulder 50% bull dirt.

  • Michael Ryan


  • Samboblakk

    They have turned typical nagger behavior into a field of sociology?

  • eunometic

    This woman “Dr” is so drenched in her own minority/race relations nonsense she believes the title “Dr” was invented to prevent “micro-aggressions” against minorities. No, it was invented by White men to show that one is licensed and proficient to teach.

    No doubt the term micro aggression will be used to generate faux-rage against Whites who haven’t kowtowed down to micro political correctness.

  • JohnEngelman

    “Too much of our teaching work involves fending off the racist stereotypes foisted upon us by white students (and students of color covetous of whiteness).”
    Stereotypes are over generalizations of what is usually true. There is no stereotype of the big fat Oriental woman on welfare with five different illegitimate children by five different men. Those who dislike Orientals resent them because they can’t compete with them. 

    • PC must go

      Or because they are frigid, frosty drones and clones.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      “Those who dislike Orientals resent them because they can’t compete with them”.

      That statement is every bit as insane as announcing that people who don’t like guacamole fear avacados.

      • Sloppo

        I agree.  I don’t like guacamole because right after the last time I ate it was the sickest I’ve been in about 35 years.  I almost threw up!  On the other hand, I have no fear of avocados.    

        • IstvanIN

           Probably from salmonella because the guacamole was made by a Mexican.

          • Sloppo

            I believe you are correct.  I believe it was “authentic” Mexican cuisine.  

        • Michael_C_Scott

          Yes; there are plenty of other reasons for disliking things.  I like guacamole.  I like sushi.  I can not stand California Rolls, because the combination of guacamole with fish sets off my gag reflex for some reason.  Different strokes for different folks!

          When it comes to Mexican food, the only safe way to go is making it yourself at home or buying packaged stuff at a chain supermarket.  At a restaurant you have no idea whether or not the illegal alien in the back washed his hands after the last time he used the toilet.  I’d say the same goes for Chinese food; La Choy makes all sorts of stuff, and that way, one doesn’t have to worrk about whether a roadkill is being butchered in the restaurant’s kitchen while your food is being prepared.

        • Anon

          Sloppo, you’re doing pretty well if the sickest you’ve been in 35 years is *ALMOST* throwing up.  How do you do it?

          • Sloppo

            I do get sick on rare occasions, usually if I push myself too hard and don’t get enough rest and food when I need it but I tend to get better pretty quick if I just take a day or two off and rest up.  The flu and/or some colds have visited our family (we have 5 relatively young children) but fortunately stuff like that usually doesn’t bother us very often and it doesn’t usually linger in our house.  I think our good fortune about those things may be because of a few reasons.  It seems that God blessed us with pretty good health from the start but we also try to take care of ourselves well.  My mom used to buy raw milk for me and my siblings when I was a child and she give us vitamins before I was old enough to understand why that might be beneficial.  We had a family garden and we ate a lot of our own produce.  Today, my family has a garden and we eat out of it a lot.  We also have a field of blueberries.  We freeze them and eat them all year.  My wife is a really good cook and she makes a lot of wonderful stuff with the vegetables we grow.  We have dairy goats and we drink fresh raw goat milk from our own yard most of the year.  We also butcher some of the extra bucklings and eat that meat.  We still by a lot of food from the store and we eat out sometimes, but we’re gradually eating more and more of our own stuff.  Sorry for the long wordy response, but I wanted to make a decent attempt at answering your question.

    • IstvanIN

       You are consistent if nothing else.  Maybe we just don’t want to be ruled by your favorite race.  You really should escape this country.

    • MikeofAges


  • butchanderson

    Here’s a little MACRO aggression: Quit whining and go out to find a real job.

  • Canis Lupus

    “Racial microaggressions are brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, and environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults to the target person or group.”

    This is something that white go throught when working with blacks every day. Especially white men. But I’m sure thats not a concern to her.

  • Georges

    Microassaults come from the assumption of affirmative action playing a part in Black professional success. This is NOT the fault of mainstream Whites as such programs were initiated  by guilt-ridden liberal Whites responding to demands from Negroes themselves. In other words, they did it to themselves.  

  • Spartan24708

    I’m glad I am not required to take this woman’s class. It must be absolutely tedious beyond all measure to have to sit through one of her lectures, let alone read anything she has written. “Microagessions” indeed- sounds like her own sense of entitlement and micro thin skin. How dare someone get the idea that the person who actually wrote the book -might- know more than a professor at a small fishbowl of a university?

  • The originating site for this is comic gold: http://thefeministwire.com/writers/

  • Sloppo

    I hope nobody tells her that the word “agression” is supposed to have two “g”s because I’m pretty sure that would be another micro-aggression.

  • Michael_C_Scott

    The original article includes the phrase “…holding tightly to my handful of journals in which I have chronicled years of microagressions (sic) and microinequities levied against me…”

    In other words, she has filled notebooks with this stuff.  This self-admission offers a very useful explanation for her social ostracism:  The reason folks avoid this gal is because she is an obsessive-compulsive neurotic.

  • Mr. Ed

    A person already being overpaid feels the need to invent new words and combinations of prefix and roots so as to extract her due from the oppressors.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      Think “ghetto lottery”.  By her own admission, she has been filling journals with her crud for years, because she has wanted for years to file a big-dollar lawsuit for racial and/or sexual harrassment, but hasn’t actually experienced anything that would win her a judgement: hence the need to invent this “micro” nonsense.

      And yes, the left is heavily populated with what I call “jargon-junkies”: people who invent new terminology – or overuse existing words they’ve become obsessed with, like “disenfranchisement” – to impress on the rest of us just how terrible their lives are.

  • Macroagressor

    OK, fine.  I suffer “microagressions” and “microassaults” from blacks every single day when I’m on the public bus trying to get to work and get back home.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      Thank goodness you haven’t been invalidated, disenfranchised and/or disempowered!

  • Ageofknowledge

    Will this be for everyone or is the white male again to be excluded from remedy when they are microaggressed by homosexuals and feminists who run their mouths degrading them in a thousand different “snarky” ways while displaying often out-of-control behavior?

    • MikeofAges

       No, it’s not for everybody. If you are a white male, you are uniquely a member of a monopoly group which, under anti-trust law, can be subject to abusive treatment and onerous restriction. That’s what disparate impact (affirmative action) is, the application of anti-trust law to race relations and discrimination enforcement. Another name for the idea of recognizing the rights of people only through their membership in a larger corporate entity is fascism.

  • AB7

    The entire psyche of the white race has been micro and macro agressed to the point that whites themselves are now willing to give up their civilization in some sort of perverse recompense.