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Virginia College Students Complain Of ‘Racial Battle Fatigue’ Due To Traumatic Microaggressions

Some students at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) are seemingly suffering from something called “racial battle fatigue” due to the microaggressions of other students.

Taneasha White, a VCU senior, has started the, “The Black Minds Matter Project,” to hold events from Monday until Wednesday to discuss mental health in the African-American community.

One topic the event’s organizers identified in the black community is “racial battle fatigue.”

An event organizer told RichmondMag that her racial battle fatigue “comes from racist microaggressions” that accumulate throughout a given day.

Microaggressions, a term being increasingly used on college campuses, refers to unintentional slights that allegedly oppress minorities.

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities has put together a list of examples of these microaggressions.

According to the list, saying, “There is only one race, the human race,” and “I believe the most qualified person should get the job,” are microaggressions.

Another racist microaggression contributing to “racial battle fatigue” would include, “Everyone can succeed in this society, if they work hard enough.”

According to the Facebook page of the organization, VCU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs is involved in the planning for this event.

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