Experiences with microaggressions and discrimination in racially diverse and homogeneously white contexts.

Journal Article (Journal Article)


The interaction between one's context and identity may be essential in understanding people's racial experiences. In this study, we examined 2 contexts (racially diverse vs. homogenously White) and measured the experiences of discrimination and microaggressions for monoracial people of color (POC), multiracial individuals, and White individuals. Additionally, we measured experience of microaggressions with a new scale that measured instances of multiracial-specific microaggressions, and the offensiveness of these microaggressions.

Method and results

Through a self-reported survey, monoracial POC, multiracial individuals, and White individuals across the United States reported their experiences with discrimination and microaggressions, and offensiveness of multiracial-specific microaggressions. Overall, monoracial POC and multiracial individuals reported experiencing less discrimination and microaggressions in diverse contexts versus homogenous contexts. White individuals reported the lowest amounts of discrimination and microaggressions, which did not differ across contexts.


Living in a racially diverse context may have positive benefits for racial minorities, and White individuals do not necessarily experience greater instances of discrimination or microaggressions in diverse contexts. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved).

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Cited Authors

  • Meyers, C; Aumer, K; Schoniwitz, A; Janicki, C; Pauker, K; Chang, EC; Gaither, SE; Williams, A

Published Date

  • April 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 26 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 250 - 259

PubMed ID

  • 31233310

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1099-9809

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/cdp0000293


  • eng