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History with a touch of Racism 2019

History with a Touch of Racism consists of five headphones hanging on the wall where an audio piece plays addressing micro-aggressions. Micro-aggression is a statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group such as a racial or ethnic minority.

In society, people of color are belittled through micro-aggressions, stereotypes and racial assumptions. Our identity is constantly being altered by these micro-aggressions in order to comply with the image created by systemic racism. In History with a Touch of Racism I discuss the ideas of how history books speak about the Philippines. History with a Touch of Racism is six-minute-long sound piece where the audience hears a robotic man speak loudly and read a blurb from a history book. The man describes Philippines with assumptions and descriptions of stereotypes such as “Filipinos love to eat”. This was something people learn as history, because of how the man is introducing Philippines to society. The man speaks about the Philippines in a robotic tone to create a feeling like it’s a zoo or museum. Over top of that, a soft voice of a woman is speaking. She speaks micro aggressive racism overlapping the man. This reflects the idea of speaking the inner truth of what people learn from these books..