Derald Wing Sue, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University
Barbara Diamond’s work on microaggressions and implicit bias toward marginalized groups in our society is simply outstanding. In a very sensitive way, her films allow viewers an inside look at hidden biases and assumptions that harm and oppress people of color, those with disabilities, and LGBTQ populations. Emotional hot buttons are pushed in all of us as we hear the voices of those most oppressed, silenced, and unheard in our society. Diamond allows us to witness the pain, the many hurts, and the suffering of those who exist on the margins of society, but it is the realization that our ignorance is responsible for their plight that is most disturbing. It motivates us to explore our own biases, prejudices and assumptions about human behavior, to take action to end the harmful attitudes we hold toward others, and to take responsibility to make our society one that treats everyone with dignity.