Why is it that microaggressions happen when you are ignored – isn’t that over the top? No, it isn’t. In reality, the standard response I expect when I call things out, especially in Australia around lack of cultural diversity, is to be ignored. To me, that is also a microaggression as I defined here.
It has happened to me twice in two days, both on Twitter. One of them was from the organisation I currently work for, the other was not directly related to my work. This is normal. Just remember the words from Nicholas Klein (and not Mahatma Ghandi):
First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you and want to burn you. And then they build monuments to you.— Nicholas Klein 1914
The world and its systems are setup to stop change. Being ignored is pretty common and shouldn’t dishearten you. Keep going. Keep going.