Minor feelings are also the emotions we are accused of having when we decide to be difficult β€” in other words, when we decide to be honest. When minor feelings are finally externalized, they are interpreted as hostile, ungrateful, jealous, depressing, and belligerent, affects ascribed to racialized behavior that whites consider out of line. Our feelings are overreactions because our lived experiences of structural inequity are not commensurate with their deluded reality.

Cathy Park Hong

Put another way, minor feelings are the ones we set aside to avoid making white people feel bad.