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Discussion Pack:
Let's Learn to Respond

This pack is a resource to help you talk about microaggressions and learn how to respond to them. Particularly, we hope to give parents and grandparents the tools to help their children when they face microaggressions and understand the importance of responding to racism.

This pack provides: examples of microaggressions, an explanation of why they can be hurtful, suggestions on how to respond, and discussion questions.

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When to Use the Pack

This pack can be used when someone you know experiences a microaggression, or any time. We can confront racism by responding when it happens, but it is also important to discuss it in our everyday lives. We encourage you to read these cards with a loved one and discuss if you have experienced microaggressions similar to the cards. Then, use our list of discussion questions to talk about the experience further. When we discuss what has happened to us, we can better understand how experiencing racism may have affected us.

How to Use the Pack

Microaggressions can happen anywhere. This pack gives examples of microaggressions, why they are hurtful, and how you can respond.

Here is an example of a microaggression you or a loved one may hear at work:

AT WORK
SCENARIO
They Might Say

"Wow, your English is so good!"

It may seem like a compliment, but for some people, it is an insult. The lower part of the card explains why it is a hurtful comment:

AT WORK
SCENARIO
They Might Say

"Wow, your English is so good!"

Why it is Hurtful
It insinuates that in their eyes, you don’t look like what they imagine a native English speaker looks like (white) - that you are different and do not belong.

If you ignore the comment, nobody will learn why it is hurtful. The second card lists some responses you can say:

AT WORK
SCENARIO
They Might Say

"Wow, your English is so good!"

Why it is Hurtful
It insinuates that in their eyes, you don’t look like what they imagine a native English speaker looks like (white) - that you are different and do not belong.
AT WORK
RESPONSE
You Could Say

“Thank you, but what did you mean by that?”

“Why wouldn’t it be, I’ve spoken it for years”

“Oh, well yours is too!”

If the person you’re talking to is open, educate them with more discussion questions:

AT WORK
SCENARIO
They Might Say

"Wow, your English is so good!"

Why it is Hurtful
It insinuates that in their eyes, you don’t look like what they imagine a native English speaker looks like (white) - that you are different and do not belong.
AT WORK
RESPONSE
You Could Say

“Thank you, but what did you mean by that?”

“Why wouldn’t it be, I’ve spoken it for years”

“Oh, well yours is too!”

Discussion Questions

“Would you say this to someone who is white?”

“Why would you think my English would be bad?”

AT WORK
SCENARIO
They Might Say

"Wow, your English is so good!"

Why it is Hurtful
It insinuates that in their eyes you don’t look like the what they see as a native English speaker (white) - that you are different and do not belong.
AT WORK
RESPONSE
You Could Say

“Thank you, but what did you mean by that?”

“Why wouldn’t it be, I’ve spoken it for years”

“Oh, well yours is too!”

Discussion Questions

“Would you say this to someone who is white?”

“Why would you think my English would be bad?”

This is just one scenario - we’ve made more cards to help you recognize and respond!

See  all the cards!
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The Card Pack

The  cards are divided by where you may face certain microaggressions. The 4 categories are In Public, At Work, At School, and In Your Personal Life. Additionally, there is one section that has all the discussion questions that you can use to talk about racism and microaggressions with your family.