“Ooh girl you look good!”
And then slid in a backhand of
“Showing off and all”
It knocked the wind out of my sails that had fought
to spread through a long journey to wellness and self-love
Somewhere in those silent seconds
I found my voice on its’ way to the floor
And though it was only a whisper
I stood in my worth to declare
“I am celebrating my freedom”
She backed off
to immediately retract her micro-aggression
with some type of plastic flowery compliment cover-up
With an offer of sugar
to wash down the bitter
she delivered just a second before
I remembered by wings
I stepped forward past her shadows
and walked unapologetically
into my light.
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In this new hard hitting anthology by Creative Talents Unleashed, authors from around the world pour out their experiences of ‘Microaggression’.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as “A comment or action subtly and often unconsciously expressing a prejudiced attitude towards a member of marginalized group”
Derald Wing Sue defines Microaggression as “ The brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral and environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial, gender, and sexual orientation, and religious slights and insults to the target person or group”
In today’s society we are all a part of, whether we like it or not; we are forever scrutinizing our dialogue and conversation, looking out for offensive and insulting content. Today, words don’t just insult, they also inflict verbal violence with long lasting psychological effects, causing unimaginable inner conflict and problems with forming healthy personal relationships.
Don Beukes – author of The Salamander Chronicles
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