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

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 20, 2015 - Psychology - 304 pages
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 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.

 

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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 ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER SEVEN
112
WHY IS IT DIFFICULT FOR WHITE PEOPLE
129
CHAPTER NINE
147
CHAPTER
167
CHAPTER ELEVEN
186
Preface
xi
SOLUTIONS FOR HAVING HONEST RACIAL DIALOGUES
xv
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
226
References
245
Author Index
261
Acknowledgments
xvii
CHAPTER
18
CHAPTER THREE
35
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DERALD WING SUE has been identified as "the most influential multicultural scholar in the United States." He has authored 17 books, including the classic Microaggressions in Everyday Life. Dr. Sue's research on microaggressions provided a major breakthrough in understanding how everyday slights, insults, and invalidations toward marginalized groups create psychological and social harm. He is Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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