We know it can difficult to talk about race, but today’s guest, author Ijeoma Oluo, says that difficulty shouldn’t stop us from having those conversations.
The best-selling author spoke as a special guest of ASHA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) at the 2019 ASHA Convention. She delivered OMA’s 50th Anniversary Address.
Joined by 2018 ASHA President Elise Davis-McFarland, I spoke with Oluo at the convention. We explore the challenges and opportunities in discussing race, and also talk about microaggressions. In honor of Black History Month, we’re focusing our entire episode on this conversation.
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In her book, “So You Want to Talk About Race,” Oluo describes microaggressions as “small daily insults and indignities perpetrated against marginalized or oppressed people because of their affiliation with that marginalized or oppressed group.” Oluo shares how they affect people of color.
Oluo links microaggressions to health issues, and she emphasizes the stakes behind these actions and how we all can play a role in countering them.
“It’s really important to recognize that things are called microaggressions, but it doesn’t mean the impact of them is small.” – Ijeoma Oluo
Read the transcript for this episode.
Meet our guests:
- Ijeoma Oluo, author, “So You Want to Talk About Race”
- Elise Davis-McFarland, 2018 ASHA president
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