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 At Salford we want to be an anti-racist University. We believe that racism is under reported and we want to change this. If you have witnessed  racism or been a victim of racism (including micro aggressions)  it is important that you report it here. We will take it seriously and we will provide you with support.  
You may be concerned about the consequences of making a complaint in case it affects your relationship with the person concerned, or you may be worried that you might suffer victimisation for having brought the complaint. If you are concerned about this, please make this known when you make your complaint. University staff will then be able to work with you to decide how best to address your concerns.
 
 Remember all forms of racism are #NeverOK
 
A (micro)aggression is an indirect, sometimes subtle put-down toward a person from a marginalized community, often wrapped up in what pretends to be a compliment. (Micro)aggressions can be an everyday occurrence for many Black, Asian, and racially minoritised people, and the cumulative effect is massive, like millions of small pinpricks that, after a while, are very painful. 
Some examples of (micro)aggressions include: 
  • “You’re so articulate” 
  • “You speak good English” 
  • “You don’t sound Black” 
  • Touching or commenting how amazing a Black person’s hair is, when it is just natural hair 
  • “Is that your real hair?” 
  • "Sorry, wrong person, you look so similar” 
  • Getting a name wrong, even when told how to pronounce it. 
  • “Where are you (actually) from?” 
  • “You are a credit to your race” 
  •  Colourblindness' - “There is only one race, the human race”, “Melting Pot” 
  • “I am not a racist. I have Black friends”  
  • “Everyone can succeed at University, if they work hard” 
  • Asking a Black person in a meeting why they have to be so loud, or to calm down 
  • “I didn’t realise you were the manager” 
  • Environmental microaggressions – e.g. naming all buildings after while cis men.  
Microaggressions also are targeted at LGBTQI+ people, disabled people, women, young and old people, people of faith, but they are most common when directed at Black people.  
Microaggressions are a form of racism and if the same person continues using them, ask them to stop/ and/or report them. 
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