There has been a lot of chatter over the last year or so regarding micro-aggressions, and their impact on marginalized groups. An incident in the NBA this past week illustrates how they happen, how they impact people, and a great way to react to an observation of one if you are a cisgendered, white male. Last week, Phil Jackson, General Manager of the New York Knicks, had this to say about LeBron James, a player for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and his friends and business associates:
You can't hold up the whole team because you and your mom and your posse want to spend an extra night in Cleveland. I always thought Pat had this really nice vibe with his guys. But something happened there where it broke down. I do know LeBron likes special treatment. He needs things his way. [emphasis added]
It just sucks that now at this point having one of the biggest businesses you can have both on and off the floor, having a certified agent in Rich Paul, having a certified business partner in Maverick Carter that's done so many great business [deals], that the title for young African-Americans is the word ‘posse.
"I’m going to be perfectly honest here, I've used that word before, OK. And when that all came out I had to ask myself, have I ever used that word before with a white player, and the answer is no. So, I think, look, you have to be aware of the language and you have to be aware a little bit of your own biases if you're going to overcome them and so I took that seriously."