This innovative book connects us to the subject of microaggressions by leading us through both text and design. Each section conveys the mood and tone of microaggressions providing a powerful visual experience of these subtle and invisible forms of oppression. Their oppressive nature is often 'hidden' in plain sight and ultimately leaves the victim feeling vulnerable and exposed. This book aims to uncover many of these common racial microaggressions. Through her writing, Susan highlights the substantial impact that these microaggressions can have on people who are confronted with them every day. Whereas Barry seeks to unmask the prejudice and discrimination that exists behind each of these comments, through his bold and provocative designs. Together they have created a book that urges us to acknowledge both the dehumanising and the discriminatory nature of racial microaggressions on people of colour.
Susan Cousins is the author of Overcoming Everyday Racism: Building Resilience and Wellbeing in the Face of Discrimination and Microaggressions (Jessica Kingsley Publishers). Susan is Senior Compliance Advisor, Race-Religion and Belief at Cardiff University. Susan is an experienced counsellor and supervisor, and she is committed and actively engaged in issues of race and its impact on psychological well-being.
Barry Diamond is currently Senior Designer and Brand Manager at Cardiff University. He is the designer of Representology: the journal of media and diversity. He is involved in various projects and collaborations and is constantly inspired by the creatives he meets and works alongside.