Long Beach, California 2021-10-20 13:56:20 –
As part of this year’s LBCC Latin American Cultural Heritage Month, a presentation “Querida Latinx: Recognize Us Using Racial Micro-Affirmations” was held on September 29th via Zoom, and American minorities were suppressed. We talked about how to handle the emotional effects of.
Throughout the presentation, Dr. Lindsay Perez Huber, a professor of educational analysis at CSULB, emphasized the concept of “racial microaffirmation.” This is a term used to refer to the strategies that people who have reached their limits use to validate their experience.
The term is a spin on the concept and term “microaggression” that was first introduced in the 1970s by psychiatrist Chester M. Pierce, a doctor of medicine, and became an integral part of the debate about racism in the United States.
Microaggression is a subtle everyday expression of racism that makes colored people feel like they don’t belong.
Anyone who touches black hair without consent, uses inside-out compliments, tells someone that it’s attractive, or speaks well for a race is all examples of microaggression.
Racial microaggression acts as an encouragement to combat microaggression, recognize experience, restore self-esteem, and create a positive sense of community for people of color.
“Microaffirmations are like everyday verifications we get from each other and can be empowering expressions … and counters we create in both academic and professional spaces. It could be a space, “says Pérez-Huber.
Throughout the presentation, participants were shown clips from various documentaries and speeches, researched research, and engaged in cultural storytelling.
The clip included footage of a TED talk by child writer Grace Lin and a documentary about Dr. Kenjus Watson’s work on the health of a young black college student at UCLA.
Also featured was the 2011 documentary “Precious Knowledge,” which documents the impact of living through subtle expressions of racism on those left behind by society.
These effects include the negative psychological effects on children when they do not have positive media expressions and the biological effects caused by the stress of racism.
In one memorable scene in the “Valuable Knowledge” documentary, Dr. Augustine Romero talks about a school that puts pipelines in jail in a poorly serviced black and Latin community.
“They use color data sophomore children to determine the number of prisons they will need in the future,” Romero said.
Racial micro-affirmation is a coping mechanism used by marginalized communities to deal with racism.
Responses include positive expression, the creation of safe spaces, shared slang or traditional inventions to express a sense of cultural intimacy.
Pérez-Huber is a research activity called “Name Story” that can be used by secondary and college-level education teachers as a racial micro-affirmation that allows students to interact with their influence and identity. We talked about.
“The name is culturally ingrained in the memory of our family. They tell the story of structural oppression … it’s one of the most powerful tasks I assign to my students.” Perez Huber said. Said.
The general idea is that exercise and such others can help justify traumatic experiences in the face of a culture that wants to pretend that those experiences do not exist.
In discussing such exercises, Perez Huber also encourages critical thinking and is responsible for uplifting the color community, such as ethnic studies and critical race theory taught in schools. He emphasized the importance of the field.
For educational institutions like the LBCC, hosting such an event is part of defending their responsibilities.
“In the last two years, the university has really moved towards identifying and organizing heritage celebrations, which was actually done under Dr. Mike Munoz, then Vice President of Academic Support Services.” Said Sonia de la Toreiniguez, LBCC’s Dean of Student Equity.
Lectures like Pérez-Huber are just one type of critical thinking and involvement that LBCC organizers want to encourage. Other events include virtual cooking shows, virtual Danza Aztec (Aztec dance) practice, and other panels and discussions.
All of these events are aimed at facilitating conversations about the intersecting layers of the Latin community and are in line with this year’s Latin Heritage Month theme, “convivir: Between Us and Communities Between Us.” increase.
“This year we are expanding the variety of culture and identity-based celebrations we are proposing … and it is very important to hold the event under a unified theme … that is the anchor. The message that turned out to be a really good way to find out, and the type of activity we are doing. What is happening on campus, locally, nationally and globally is what the theme is. It affects the culture, “said Delatore-Iniges.