NOTICE OF MICROAGGRESSION
Toleration of Modern Day Oppression
HINDI AKO SUNUD-SUNURAN / I AM NOT SUBSERVIENT
DID YOU KNOW?
Americans and Spaniards looked down on Filipinos during colonization as uncivilized, brown, uneducated savages. They created a clear distinction between who was superior and who was inferior, instilling the belief that Filipinos were not capable of governing themselves, and that foreign intervention and subservience was necessary if Filipinos were to fit into the world.
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Today, many Filipino immigrants are discriminated because they are willing to take on more laborious jobs with longer hours, which Westerners perceive as taking away job opportunities. One of the biggest symptoms of colonial mentality is the tolerance or denial of modern-day oppression. Many choose to simply accept the oppression they face today to avoid seeming too threatening, in order to assimilate into Western culture - or they do not recognize certain racial microaggressions as offensive.
Morente, Desmond R. Deconstructing the Colonial Mentality and Ethnic Identity of Filipinos: An Exploratory Study of Second Generation Filipinos. 2015.