How do I know if someone is being intentional or not?


Hey Advocates,

I’m just getting back from training in Oregon this week. I worked with the Linn County Health Department, where we discussed Implicit Bias, Microaggressions, and Stereotypes. The conversations and discussions were thought-provoking as we worked towards capacity building for change.

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I’ve spoken about Microaggressions many times on my show because my thoughts have changed regarding whether or not we should just call them Aggressions. Microaggressions are the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership (Sue, 2007). 

The challenge I have with the above definition is the “whether intentional or unintentional” part. How do I know if someone is being intentional or not? Is it intentional if the perpetrator has a smile on their face? Maybe they immediately said, “my bad,” after their statement. The bottom line is that I can’t tell what is really on someone’s heart and if their actions were intentional or not. I prefer to call everything Aggressions these days. 

These are my thoughts, of course. What is your take on the term Microaggressions? Let me know.

Last night, during the Art of Advocacy Livestream, we discussed  “How to Advocate for LGBTQ+ Students in Our Schools.” My special guest was Farnaz Kaufman. One of my biggest takeaways was we can start by ensuring students’ pronouns are correctly used. It may seem small, but it significantly impacts our students who identify within the LGBTQ+ community. Additionally, here are some resources Farnaz shared with me:

Best Practices for Serving LGBTQ Students | Teaching Tolerance

PFLAG National Glossary of Terms

Gender Nation

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About Andratesha Fritzgerald

Andratesha Fritzgerald is the founder and lead consultant of Building Blocks of Brilliance Educational Consulting Firm.  As an international speaker Fritzgerald exhibits an audacious perseverance that calls organizations to evolve into inclusive antiracist safe zones for all learners. With over twenty years in education, she has served as a teacher, curriculum specialist, administrator, and director.  Her award winning book Antiracism and Universal Design for Learning: Building Expressways to Success (CAST, 2020) has been a catalyst for UDL to ensure safety and radical inclusion in every learning community.

Show Highlights

  • Antiracism in UDL
  • What happens when we hold onto control?
  • Dealing with pushback
  • Power and honor vs saviorism
  • Samaria Rice

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In this episode, we will discuss how to advocate for LGBTQ+ students in our schools.

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