Introduction to the Implication of Microaggressions in Schools: Its Origin and Nature, United States Historical Context, and the Impact and Toxicity that Limits the Path of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Student Populations


  • Antonio Martinez-Becerra Roosevelt University



Abstract: “Racial microaggressions are brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color” (Sue, 2007, p. 271). This research investigates the aforementioned concept, and how its prevalence throughout societal and educational systems incurs a deep-rooted set of institutionalized, discriminatory practices. An explorative journey in retrospect aligned to U.S. historical roots is also referenced. Understanding that microaggressions inform deficit thinking, this essay will look to unpack and mitigate this behavior in order to replace discriminatory practices in schools with equitable practices. The focal point for this research is based on a conceptual ethnographic journey.