Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race

Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race Learn to talk about race openly honestly and productively Most people avoid discussion of race related topics because of the strong emotions and feelings of discomfort that inevitably accompany such

  • Title: Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race
  • Author: Derald Wing Sue
  • ISBN: 9781118959657
  • Page: 410
  • Format: ebook
  • Learn to talk about race openly, honestly, and productively Most people avoid discussion of race related topics because of the strong emotions and feelings of discomfort that inevitably accompany such conversations Rather than endure the conflict of racial realities, many people choose instead to avoid the topic altogether, or remain silent when it is raised Race Talk anLearn to talk about race openly, honestly, and productively Most people avoid discussion of race related topics because of the strong emotions and feelings of discomfort that inevitably accompany such conversations Rather than endure the conflict of racial realities, many people choose instead to avoid the topic altogether, or remain silent when it is raised Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race puts an end to that dynamic by sharing strategies for smoothing conversations about race in a productive manner.A guide for facilitating and participating in difficult dialogues about race, author Derald Wing Sue an internationally recognized expert on multiculturalism, diversity, and microaggressions explores the characteristics, dynamics, and meaning behind discussions about race as well as the hidden ground rules that inhibit honest and productive dialogue Through emotional and visceral examples, this book explains why conversations revolving around racial issues are so difficult, and provides guidelines, techniques, and advice for navigating and leading honest and forthright discussions Readers will develop a stronger ability to build rapport with people unlike themselves, and discover how not talking about race impacts society as a whole.Overcome and make visible the fears associated with race talk Learn practical ideas for talking openly about race Facilitate and navigate discussion with expert strategy Examine the hidden rules that govern race talk Understand the benefits of successful conversations Discussions about race do not have to result in disastrous consequences, and can in fact be highly beneficial to all parties involved It s important that people have the ability to converse openly and honestly with their students, colleagues, children, and neighbors, and Race Talk provides the path for achieving this goal.

    One thought on “Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race”

    1. The good: Gave me a lot of important things to think about in participating in and facilitating race conversations. In particular, I'm continuing to wrestle with the ideas of the academic protocol and the politeness protocol as potential barriers to honest conversation.The bad: Seriously repetitive. As in, one particular long block quote appeared THREE times in the book. The book needed a good copy editor.No ugly! I highly recommend this.

    2. Interesting perspective from Sue. This book was certainly written for White people to visit an uncomfortable conversation. It’s really not feasible that Sue will reach those who need it because he’s essentially preaching to the choir. At some points in the book he makes stereotypical claims as well, so part of it can come off as hypocritical. Overall, interesting.

    3. If you are well along your journey in understanding talk about race you can skip to the last two chapters. If you aren't in a community that has Courageous Conversations, then it would be worth reading it all.

    4. If you're willing and ready to explore your own personal biases, beliefs, and whiteness, this book is a must towards engaging and facilitating meaningful dialogues around race.

    5. This book does an excellent job of explaining why being "color-blind" is actually harmful to improving race relations. Sue also breaks down the concept of white privilege and why it's important for white people to be aware of their privilege. However, the book is so repetitive that reading it becomes tedious. He cites his sources within the text instead of using footnotes or endnotes and this interferes with the flow of reading the book.I didn't agree with his section on communication styles. Hi [...]

    6. The last chapter for facilitators was really helpful, and there were a few questions briefly touched on that peaked my interest during the rest of the book (for example, are there ever be pleasant emotions in talking about race? what benefits are there for POC in talking to white people about race?).I felt like it was a bit repetitive or obvious for much of the book (like, find any blog article on race by a POC and they'll say a lot of this in a more succinct way). It's written by an academic an [...]

    7. Read. This. Book. Yes, you. Read it. It's extremely important. If we can all take on the strategies Sue describes here, we will make important progress towards living in a more just society. The strategies described here explore how to develop an understanding of your own racial biases and identity and, moving forward, how to have productive conversations with others about race (and it applies to many other emotionally charged topics as well). At a time where we so badly need to have these conve [...]

    8. This is one of the best books I have read on the topic of discussing race. This is a book that everyone human being should read.

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