The best way to respond to microaggressions is to educate. Often, but not always, microaggressions are based in ignorance. They come from unexamined biases and stereotypes that we have learned from society and people around us. Encouraging each other to challenge our biases is one of the best things we can do to create safer and more inclusive environments.

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Now, there are cases in which people are willfully ignorant and defensive of their biases. In these situations, I encourage you to prioritize your own well-being and safety. If you can, remove yourself from harmful situations or seek out the support of friends and trusted adults.