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What exactly is a microaggression? Let these examples from Hollywood movies explain

Hannah Yi
By Hannah Yi

Video Journalist

There’s been a lot of talk about microaggressions lately, whether in primers at freshmen orientation, in widely shared photo essays, or even in academic papers. An act of microaggression can leave you with a negative feeling that’s probably familiar to a lot of us, or on the flip end, something we have no idea we’ve been doing to others.

A microaggression can be rooted in racism, sexism, or discrimination based on nationality or sexual orientation. It can be delivered casually or even unconsciously. And it can unleash effects that add up over time.

So what exactly is a microaggression? Watch our video, and let Hollywood teach us the ways.

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