In a recent column by Jerry Large [“We tend to discriminate by favoring familiar,” Local News, May 21], he discusses the new research that we tend to discriminate the most by simply favoring those who are the most familiar to us, with this negatively affecting already historically disadvantaged groups.
This type of racial discrimination has not disappeared from our society by any means. Racial microaggressions are one of the most problematic and apparent ways in which discrimination rears its ugly head.
There is a problem in the fact that we unconsciously favor those who are more similar to us, but there is a bigger problem in the everyday ways most people show small-scale acts of discrimination. These small microaggressions, such as “What are you?” (in reference to race) and “Well, where are you from?” indicate a bigger problem and a bigger act of discrimination than the ways in which we unconsciously favor familiars.
Until racial microaggressions are addressed and people no longer feel the need to say these things, conscious racism and discrimination cannot be considered a thing of the past.
Megan Yeggy, Seattle