Migrant Black African Youths’ Experiences of Racial Microaggressions in the Workplace

Joshua Kalemba

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Abstract


This article offers an exploration of migrant Black African youths’ (MBAYs’) experiences of racial microaggressions in Australian, predominantly White, workplaces. Data for this article are drawn from qualitative interviews conducted with 20 MBAYs working in Newcastle, a traditionally White working-class city. Drawing on a theoretical framework that approaches racial microaggressions through a Critical Race Theory lens, the article centres MBAYs’ experiences of racial microaggressions in the workplace as a site of legitimate experiential knowledge. The findings of this article underscore how MBAYs perceive questions like ‘Where are you from?’ posed by their White colleagues and clients as a racial microaggression. They showcase how MBAY experience racial microaggressions in the workplace as an invisible, insidious and infantilizing process. Finally, the findings highlight how some MBAYs respond to racial microaggressions by accepting or contesting them in the workplace. The article concludes by reflecting on how these microlevel, subtle forms of racism contribute towards institutionalizing and sustaining White supremacy.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
JournalSociology
Early online date7 Oct 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Oct 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Critical Race Theory
  • race
  • racial microaggressions
  • racism
  • work
  • youth

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