How to Talk about Race and Address Racism Around You
“In a racist society it, is not enough to be non-racist we must be anti-racist.” - Angela Y. Davis
Being anti-racist is a choice. A choice to interrupt and address racism, rather than ignore or pretend you didn’t hear it. One of the most powerful ways to do this is by asking questions. Below are specific suggestions to use in conversations to address racist behavior. This is taken from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture web portal.
· Seek clarity: “Tell me more about __________.”
· Offer an alternative perspective: “Have you ever considered __________.”
· Speak your truth: “I don’t see it the way you do. I see it as __________.”
· Find common ground: “We don’t agree on __________ but we can agree on __________.”
· Give yourself the time and space you need: “Could we revisit the conversation about __________ tomorrow?”
· Set boundaries: “Please do not say __________ again to me or around me.
As with any new skill, it will take time, practice and repetition for this to feel natural. It is imperative that we continue to address racism, for with each of our seemingly small contributions, it is hopeful that we will create a ripple effect of positive change toward equality.
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