The Scientific Evidence For Microaggressions Is Weak And We Should Drop The Term, Argues Review Author


Racism and prejudice are sometimes blatant, but often manifest in subtle ways. The current emblem of these subtle slights is the “microaggression” (examples include racial slurs and swastika graffiti, according to some commentators), a concept which has generated a large programme of research and launched itself into the popular consciousness – prompting Merriam-Webster to add the term to their dictionary. However, a review in Perspectives on Psychological Science by Scott Lilienfeld of Emory University argued in 2017 that core empirical and conceptual questions about microaggressions remain unaddressed, meaning the struggle against them takes place on a confusing battlefield, one where it’s hard to tell between friend and foe. Continue reading →

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