‘Microaggressions’ Portraits Capture Reactions to Everyday Racism

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You don’t have to look closely at modern culture to know that we are very, very far from being post-racial. Our interactions with one another may be a lot less immediately hateful than those of previous generations, but society’s latent racism still has pernicious effects. With Microaggressions, Fordham University student Kiyun Kim “seeks to make visible the ways in which social difference is produced and policed in everyday life.” The project includes this wonderful series of photos of students reacting to and displaying some of the seemingly minor insults they receive every day. A lot of these comments are unfortunately all too common, and these portraits force viewers to reflect on the power of subtle racism, while allowing those on the receiving end to reclaim their agency. Microaggressions is an ongoing project, so check out its Tumblr and Facebook pages for more.

Image credit: Kiyun Kim

Image credit: Kiyun Kim

Image credit: Kiyun Kim

Image credit: Kiyun Kim

Image credit: Kiyun Kim

Image credit: Kiyun Kim

Image credit: Kiyun Kim

Image credit: Kiyun Kim

Image credit: Kiyun Kim

Image credit: Kiyun Kim

Image credit: Kiyun Kim

Image credit: Kiyun Kim

Image credit: Kiyun Kim

Image credit: Kiyun Kim

Image credit: Kiyun Kim

Image credit: Kiyun Kim

Image credit: Kiyun Kim

Image credit: Kiyun Kim

Image credit: Kiyun Kim

Image credit: Kiyun Kim

Image credit: Kiyun Kim

Image credit: Kiyun Kim