(The Philadelphia Tribune) Tactics laid out for disarming racial microaggressions

When you see someone ask a well-spoken person of color, “Where are you from?” What do you do? Do you respond in some way or do you stand silent?

A question like “Where are you from” is a microaggression, said Columbia University psychology professor Derald Wing Sue.

“Our studies indicate that when a racist comment or action occurs, most of the people around remain silent,” said Sue, whose studies also show about 80 percent of the victims do nothing.

“And what they don’t understand is by virtually remaining silent, they are colluding with the person to continue the bias treatment and behaviors going on.” he added.

Sue spoke to about 140 people Saturday at Episcopal Community Services’ annual Forum on Justice and Opportunity, which was held at WHYY, 150 N. 6th St. in Philadelphia.

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