Microaggressions: ThreeSixty MLK project

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 19 high school students (and two college alum) participated in a ThreeSixty multimedia project centered on microaggressions — or as defined by Columbia University psychologist Derald Wing Sue, “the daily verbal, behavioral or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile or negative racial slights toward people of color.”

Inspired by a Fordham University photo project, ThreeSixty asked its students to write down a microaggression they’ve experienced, then explain how it made them feel in videos posted to our YouTube channel. Together with several essays on race our writers have compiled for our upcoming February-March print magazine, ThreeSixty’s hope is that these powerful student voices will create greater dialogue in local schools and communities.

The topic of race isn’t easy to talk about. But our aim is simple: What can we learn from each other? How can we ask others about their race or religion, without offending, if we’re genuinely curious?

For the full slate of stories and essays from our March issue on race, please click here. Special thanks to ThreeSixty alum Victoria Turcios (and mentor Kyndell Harkness of the StarTribune) for photographing our students.

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Aamino Hirmoge/Harding High School

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Alayna Xiong/Harding High School

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Amira Warren-Yearby/St. Louis Park High School

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Amolak Singh/Nova Classical Academy

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Baou Lee/Bloomington John F. Kennedy

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Brianna Skildum/Roosevelt High School

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Danielle Wong/Eastview High School

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Darwesh Singh/Minnesota Transitions Charter School

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Deborah Honore/Bloomington John F. Kennedy

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Freddy McConnell/St. Paul Conservatory For Performing Artists

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Ingrid Sabah/Bloomington John F. Kennedy

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Kimberly Martinez/Harding High School

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Madie Ley/Elk River High School

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Mina Yuan/Wayzata High School

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Andi Nadya Amanda/Highland Park High School

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Nichelle Heu/Harding High School

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Ninis Widyaningrum/Lakeville South High School

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RIley Davis/Hamline University

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Sagal Abdirahman/St. Louis Park High School

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Shay Radhakrishnan/Math and Science Academy

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Victoria Turcios/Minneapolis Community and Technical College