In a recent gathering of peers, we had very adult discussions (I can sense the age of 30 approaching quickly) involving politics, gay marriage, and even Christian beliefs. As we approached the topic of Christian beliefs and religion, it was brought to my attention that "because of my beliefs I might view things much differently" than my peers. The tone in which this statement was made is what made me realize how although it was not stated directly, it seemed as though my beliefs might be wrong because I grew up with Catholic faith and religion. Although I didn't press the issue as having my feelings hurt, I could see how this might be degrading to one's self-esteem or sense of self.
It's interesting to see how even though the U.S. is supposed to be "land of the free" where you are supposed to be okay in what you believe or say, there are still some prejudices and discrimination that occur. In my example, it felt as though my religious beliefs and upbringing were wrong. We are living in a society that has been working for many, many decades to relieve the racial stereotypes and religious prejudices. However, it is evident that even today, people still feel differently toward one another if their beliefs/ family culture even slightly disagree. It can be mentally draining as the person that is the target of a microaggression, whether intentional or unintentional.