One of the more amusing things about the Current Year is how Social Justice Jihadis make up ever more self-destructive jargon to explain what they are are resenting, such as the inherently comic “microaggression” and now … “microinvalidation.” From Teen Vogue:
I’m not sure if Hillary guest-edited this contribution, but Hillary probably knows all about microinvalidations:
Microinvalidations Are Real and They Can Have a Big Impact
You’re not alone.
Kelly Nguyen NOV 13, 2017 8:00AM EST
In this op-ed, Kelly Nguyen explains her experiences with microinvalidations, psychologically damaging things said to non-white people in daily conversation.
Have you ever felt offended or insulted by something someone said, but didn’t feel as though your dismay was justified? … As an Asian-American, I’ve experienced these sentiments of confusion on a nearly daily basis. I distinctly remember my English teacher, during my freshman year of high school, enamored by my occasional sprinkling of an SAT-worthy vocab word in my angsty poems exclaiming, “Can you believe her English is so good?” in front of my class. The encouraging look on her face revealed that she thought what she had said was normal, and even a compliment. I was left offended and confused.
… Am I allowed to get offended, even if she meant well? These are the types of situations — and subsequent questions — people of color continually face when interacting with white people.
Incidents like these have become so commonplace, POC see them as an emotionally exhausting routine that seems to never stop.Tiredness is a big SJW theme these days.
This is part of the “invisible plague” of microinvalidation, and is inflicted on millions of people of color by negating their experiences through everyday language. …Questions like, “How come you are a United States citizen like me, but your dad get low interest loans from the SBA and government contracting preferences for being Asian and my parents don’t because we’re white?” is a mesoinvalidation.
What is microinvalidation?
If you’ve never heard of the term before, “microinvalidation” is a hyponym of microaggression, the normalized behavior that demonstrates hostility and negative stereotypes of marginalized racial groups. Coined by Dr. Derald W. Sue, a psychology professor at Columbia University, microinvalidation communicates that the racism and offensive remarks catapulted towards people of color is unjustified due to a supposed "race-free" world.
What are the types of microinvalidation?
Dr. Derald W. Sue concluded that there are four main types of microinvalidation.
A common form of microinvalidation is the “implication of being an alien in your own country.” Questions like, “Where are you from?”, “How do you speak English so well?” or “Can you teach me a few words in your native tongue?” imply that someone’sracial identity negates their status as a U.S. citizen.
Microinvalidation also rests on the belief that POCs aren’t justified to experience racism because we supposedly live in a race free world. This form is “color blindness,” wherein people claim they “can’t see color,” that the one race is “the human race,” or that “America is a melting pot,” basically negating the racism people know they face. …For example, saying “Science proves Races Does Not Exist” is racist (when a white person says it.)
Another form is classified as “denial of individual racism/sexism/heterosexism,” where people employ logic that suggests they are allowed to be racist just because they have friends who struggled, and thus understand the struggle by association. Saying things like, “I can’t be racist! My best friend is black,” is an example of this form in practice.Note to Asians: when explaining to blacks why Asians make more money than blacks, blame the White Man.
The most prevalent microinvalidation in school and the workplace according to Dr. Sue is labelled as the “myth of meritocracy.” “Men and women are paid the same, they just choose the one is the most qualified,” or “You can succeed in America as long as you work hard,” blantly assumes that the only thing holding back marginalized groups is their capability, dismissing recognition that they are not privy to the same privilege as groups like straight, white men.
Microinvalidation can actually damage your health, too.On the other hand, as the New York Times implied over the weekend, macrovalidation in which the newspapers splash hate hoaxes constantly is bad for the health of black bodies.
According to the American Psychological Association, after experiencing these type of degrading comments for an extended period of time, POCs can begin to believe that their feelings are illegitimate and question their feelings and experiences. As a result, a person can begin to experience depression, anxiety, fear of social interaction, and self-esteem and confidence issues.
It’s almost as if People of Color need some kind of ultimate remedy for the problems they suffer from having to be alive alongside white people, some kind of … just spitballing here … ultimate resolution for all the problems white people are inflicting upon POC so that POC can someday live together in total harmony in a microinvalidation-free and white-free world. We could call that great day the Final Megasolution.