How To Talk About Race

Photo of James Baldwin and his quote, "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."

For White people, an important first step in unlearning whiteness is to learn how to talk about race. In his 2XXX book, Derald Wing Sue calls these productive, genuine, candid conversations ‘race talk.’ Many things inhibit race talk. There are norms suggesting people should not engage in race talk (known as ‘protocols’). There’s also a lot of fear and discomfort about having these conversations. Often, this discomfort felt by Whites appears as ‘white fragility.’ The following resources are intended to confront these issues and provide education on the vitally important step: learn to engage in race talk.

Marissa & Madi’s Conversations about Conversations about Race (unhappy with how this looks)