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Regular exposure to ‘microaggressions’ may be WORSE than ‘overt acts of hate’, NHS chiefs say

Regular exposure to ‘microaggressions’ such as being asked ‘where are you from?’ may be WORSE than ‘open acts of hate’, NHS leaders told at Wake ‘leadership academy’ conference

  • NHS bosses told microaggressions may be worse than ‘open acts of hate’
  • Microaggressions are statements perceived as unintentional discrimination.
  • Health chiefs could take the wake-up conference through the NHS Leadership Academy
  • Campaigner Nova Reid said Brits were prejudiced when the UK ‘legalized oppression’

NHS bosses have been told that microaggressions can be more damaging than “open acts of hate”.

Microaggressions are statements that are perceived as indirect or unintentional discrimination, often racial in nature.

Health chiefs were able to receive a lecture on the NHS Leadership Academy website from an activist who said Britons are bound to be biased because the UK has “legalized oppression”. The times informed.

British activist Nova Reid said that microaggressions include asking ‘where are you from?’, ‘your hair is like a sponge, can I touch it?’ and ‘Is your family a cleaner?’

The author and former actress from Hertfordshire said statements like these can cause PTSD.

British activist Nova Reid (pictured) said that microaggressions include asking 'where are you from?', 'your hair is like a sponge, can I touch it?'  and 'Is your family a cleaner?'

British activist Nova Reid (pictured) said that microaggressions include asking ‘where are you from?’, ‘your hair is like a sponge, can I touch it?’ and ‘Is your family a cleaner?’

At the conference (pictured), the author and former actress from Hertfordshire said that microaggressions can cause PTSD.

At the conference (pictured), the author and former actress from Hertfordshire said that microaggressions can cause PTSD.

She added: ‘Growing up in leafy Hertfordshire in 1980s England, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

‘I have a vivid memory of being about seven years old, walking to primary school. I saw a girl across the street with her mother.

‘He pointed at me and said, ‘Mommy, mommy, why is that girl the same color as poop?’

‘To my parents’ devastation, it was from then on that I became obsessed with washing.’

“It wasn’t the men in white vans yelling monkey songs at me that struck me the most. It was that moment.

In her 2019 TedxTalk, Ms. Reid cited research that said, “Regular exposure to racial microaggressions can cause more harm than overt acts of hate.”

Health chiefs were able to take a lecture on the NHS Leadership Academy website (pictured) from Ms Reid, who said Britons are bound to be biased because the UK

Health chiefs were able to catch a lecture on the NHS Leadership Academy website (pictured) from Ms Reid, who said Britons are bound to be biased because the UK has “legalized oppression”.

NHS bosses were told they could sign up for free to Mrs Reid's 15-minute talk that

NHS bosses were told they could sign up free of charge for Mrs Reid’s 15-minute talk which “asks us if we are living in space-age times with stone-age minds” and “asks us that we do three simple things to create social justice” (archive image)

NHS bosses were told they could sign up free of charge for Mrs Reid’s 15-minute talk which “asks us if we are living in space-age times with stone-age minds” and “asks us that we do three simple things to create social justice.

The NHS Leadership Academy said its ‘aim [was] to help everyone in the NHS discover their full leadership potential and achieve the highest standards in health and care.’

An NHS England spokesman said: “This is not an NHS video and these online courses are not part of any required training.”

MailOnline has contacted Ms Reid for comment.

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