What You Say Vs. What I Hear: Racially Coded Language

This clip can serve as a good lid opener for unpacking coded language. With microaggressions it isn’t always about what’s being said, as much as it is about the underlying message and harmful meaning behind the words.

Also check out:

14 Words That Carry A Coded Meaning for Black People

7 Phrases Everyone Needs to Stop Using to Describe Black People

8 Sneaky Racial Code Word and Why Politicians Love Them

How To Read Racial Political Code

The Power of Words: Racially Coded Political Rhetoric

Thug is The New Black: Coded Language and The Dangers Of A Colorblind Philosophy


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW



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I’m a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities.

“Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian” is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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