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

Derald Wing Sue

Wiley, c2015

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 245-259) and indexes



Turn Uncomfortable Conversations into Meaningful Dialogue If you believe that talking about race is impolite, or that "colorblindness" is the preferred approach, you must read this book. Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence debunks the most pervasive myths using evidence, easy-to-understand examples, and practical tools. This significant work answers all your questions about discussing race by covering: * Characteristics of typical, unproductive conversations on race * Tacit and explicit social rules related to talking about racial issues * Race-specific difficulties and misconceptions regarding race talk * Concrete advice for educators and parents on approaching race in a new way "His insistence on the need to press through resistance to have difficult conversations about race is a helpful corrective for a society that prefers to remain silent about these issues." Christopher Wells, Vice President for Student Life at DePauw University "In a Canadian context, the work of Dr. Derald Wing Sue in Race Talk: and the Conspiracy of Silence is the type of material needed to engage a populace that is often described as 'Too Polite.' The accessible material lets individuals engage in difficult conversations about race and racism in ways that make the uncomfortable topics less threatening, resulting in a true 'dialogue' rather than a debate." Darrell Bowden, M Ed. Education and Awareness Coordinator, Ryerson University "He offers those of us who work in the Diversity and Inclusion space practical tools for generating productive dialogues that transcend the limiting constraints of assumptions about race and identity." Rania Sanford, Ed.D. Associate Chancellor for Strategic Affairs and Diversity, Stanford University "Sue's book is a must-read for any parent, teacher, professor, practioner, trainer, and facilitator who seeks to learn, understand, and advance difficult dialogues about issues of race in classrooms, workplaces, and boardrooms. It is a book of empowerment for activists, allies, or advocates who want to be instruments of change and to help move America from silence and inaction to discussion, engagement, and action on issues of difference and diversity. Integrating real life examples of difficult dialogues that incorporate the range of human emotions, Sue provides a masterful illustration of the complexities of dialogues about race in America. More importantly, he provides a toolkit for those who seek to undertake the courageous journey of understanding and facilitating difficult conversations about race." Menah Pratt-Clarke, JD, PhD, Associate Provost for Diversity, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


  • Preface ix Preface to the Paperback Edition xv Acknowledgments xix About the Author xxi SECTION ONE: THE CHARACTERISTICS, DYNAMICS, AND MEANING OF RACE TALK CHAPTER ONE What Is Race Talk? 3 Race Talk Represents a Potential Clash of Racial Realities 7 Race Talk Pushes Emotional Hot Buttons 11 Race Talk Evokes Avoidance Strategies 13 Why Is Successful Race Talk Important? 16 CHAPTER TWO The Characteristics and Dynamics of Race Talk 18 What Are Characteristics of Race Talk? 21 How Do Societal Ground Rules (Norms) Impede Race Talk? 23 Why Is Race Talk So Difficult and Uncomfortable for Participants? 27 Conclusions 33 CHAPTER THREE The Stories We Tell: White Talk Versus Back Talk 35 Race Talk: Narratives and Counter-Narratives 37 Telling on Racism: Unmasking Ugly Secrets 38 SECTION TWO: THE CONSTRAINING GROUND RULES FOR RACE TALK CHAPTER FOUR The Entire World s a Stage! 55 The Politeness Protocol and Race Talk 57 The Academic Protocol and Race Talk 64 CHAPTER FIVE Color-Blind Means Color-Mute 74 Color-Evasion: We Are All the Same Under the Skin 78 Stereotype-Evasion: I Don t Believe in Those Stereotypes 82 Power-Evasion: Everyone Can Make It in Society, If TheyWork Hard Enough 86 Myth of the Melting Pot 89 SECTION THREE: WHY IS IT DIFFICULT FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR TO HONESTLY TALK ABOUT RACE? CHAPTER SIX What Are the Consequences for Saying What I Mean? 95 Ethnocentric Monoculturalism 99 Power and Oppression 105 CHAPTER SEVEN To Speak or How to Speak, That Is the Question 112 Communication Styles 115 Nonverbal Communication 118 Nonverbal Communication in Race Talk: Sociopolitical Considerations 121 Being Constrained and Silenced: Impact on People of Color 123 Conclusions 127 SECTION FOUR: WHY IS IT DIFFICULT FOR WHITE PEOPLE TO HONESTLY TALK ABOUT RACE? CHAPTER EIGHT I m Not Racist! 131 Cognitive Avoidance Racism Denial 133 Emotional Avoidance Fear, Guilt, and Other Feelings 138 Behavioral Avoidance Helplessness and Hopelessness 142 Emotional Roadblocks to Race Talk 144 CHAPTER NINE I m Not White
  • I m Italian! 147 What Does It Mean to Be White? 148 The Invisibility of Whiteness: What Does It Mean? 152 The Fear of Owning White Privilege 154 Fear of Taking Personal Responsibility to End Racism: Moving From Being Nonracist to Becoming Antiracist 159 SECTION FIVE: RACE TALK AND SPECIAL GROUP CONSIDERATIONS CHAPTER TEN Interracial/Interethnic Race Talk: Difficult Dialogues Between Groups of Color 167 Interracial/Interethnic Relationship Issues 169 Race Talk: Fears of Divide and Conquer 171 Sources of Conflict Between People of Color 174 CHAPTER ELEVEN Race Talk and White Racial Identity Development: For Whites Only 186 Developing a Nonracist and Antiracist Racial Identity 189 White Racial Identity Development and Race Talk 202 SECTION SIX: GUIDELINES, CONDITIONS, AND SOLUTIONS FOR HAVING HONEST RACIAL DIALOGUES CHAPTER TWELVE Being an Agent of Change: Guidelines for Educators, Parents, and Trainers 209 Talking to Children About Race and Racism 213 Guidelines for Taking Personal Responsibility for Change 214 CHAPTER THIRTEEN Helping People Talk About Race: Facilitation Skills for Educators and Trainers 226 Ineffective Strategies: Five Things Not to Do 230 Successful Strategies: Eleven Potentially Positive Actions 234 References 245 Author Index 260 Subject Index 266

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