APR 16, 2015 "What can someone say to me when I unintentionally offend them?"

Preparation materials:

Micro-agression: (disclaimer – one use of profanity) 

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-superhuman-mind/201304/micro-inequities-40-years-later(link is external)  

Highlights from the discussion:

  • The consensus was that most people want to know when they offend someone else
  • We have to educate others because most comments are from ignorance
  • Power differentials can make educating more difficult
  • Apologizing is helpful
  • Many instances can be ignored
  • Find a phrase to point out the comment that fits for you, i.e. “Are you kidding”