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Students try putting a stop to microaggressions

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Racism, sexism and stereotyping happen on a day to day basis, but students at SDSU have started a movement to bring awareness to these.

"This is a chance for students on campus to identify their microaggrssions. These are those little things that people say to you, that they might really bother you, but you don't really vocalize that to someone. This was a chance to vocalize those things that were bothering you," SDSU student Jacob Sutton said.

The movement is called #itooamsdstate.

"We had everyone write a microaggression which is just like what someone says to you that can me interpreted wrong for you. It's just an honest or just an ignorant question that they don't think can affect you, so I always do "can I touch your hair." I hate that question. I know it's different, but why do you want to touch it?" movement organizer Semehar Ghebrekidan said.

Semehar got the idea from Harvard University. She organized her movement a little differently though, expanding it to all minority groups on campus.

"They only did it with their black student alliance there, but I wanted to do a collaborative event," Semehar said.

Several groups joined together for the movement, and awareness is drawing across campus to help students think before they speak.

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