Microaggressions are the brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, and environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial, gender, sexual-orientation, and religious slights and insults to the target person or group (Sue, Capodilupo, et. al., 2007). Perpetrators are usually unaware that they have engaged in an exchange that demeans the recipient of the communication.
Sue, D. (2010). Microaggressions in everyday life race, gender, and sexual orientation. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.