Monday, May 14, 2018

Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race Paperback – February 1, 2016 by Derald Wing Sue (Wiley)

Talking about race - and especially about racism - is one of the most contentious and complex elements of teaching. Its rawness means that this kind of talk is often avoided. Teachers call for time outs, or quickly move the discussion on to another topic. In Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence Derald Wing Sue not only illustrates the subtlety and pervasiveness of racial micro-aggressions, but he also provides seasoned advice on how to keep race talk going in a way that keeps unwilling students and teachers participating. The book is accessible and helpful and will be invaluable to teachers (like myself) who struggle to make race talk a central part of their work

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.

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