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Let’s Talk Race

A Guide for White People

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Let’s Talk Race confronts why white people struggle to talk about race, why we need to own this problem, and how we can learn to do the work ourselves and stop expecting Black people to do it for us.

Written by two specialists in race relations and parents of two adopted African American sons, the book provides unique insights and practical guidance, richly illustrated with personal examples, anecdotes, research findings, and prompts for personal reflection and conversations about race.

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Fern L. Johnson

Fern L. Johnson, PhD, is Senior Research Scholar and Professor Emerita at Clark University, specializing in race, culture, and language. Her publications include Speaking Culturally and Imaging in Advertising, and many journal articles. She is a seasoned speaker and workshop facilitator. Fern co-authored, with Marlene Fine, The Interracial Adoption Option, which draws on their experience as white parents of African American sons. She lives near Boston, Massachusetts.

Marlene G. Fine

Marlene G. Fine, PhD, is Professor Emerita at Simmons University, specializing in cultural diversity, leadership, and dialogue. She authored Building Successful Multicultural Organizations, and her articles appear in a broad range of journals. She is a seasoned speaker and workshop facilitator. Marlene co-authored, with Fern Johnson, The Interracial Adoption Option, which draws on their experience as white parents of African American sons. She lives near Boston, Massachusetts.

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In the introduction, the authors define the terms they will be using throughout the book. ; 7 $0.70

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In this chapter the authors suggest that while conversations about race are sometimes difficult, white people need to talk about this subject both with each other and with people of colour. The … ; 23 $2.30

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This chapter focuses on the concept of race, on several types of racism and racial thinking prevalent in our society, and on how race can be better understood if we think about its cultural context. ; 22 $2.20

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In this chapter, the authors explore how whiteness has become the normative category, and how this makes it easy for white people to not think about race. ; 27 $2.70

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The purposes of this chapter are to reveal what’s hidden to whites about the experiences of living day to day as a person of color in the US, laying bare the consequences of a society … ; 37 $3.70

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This chapter highlights the importance of understanding cultural practices, or those patterned behaviors that coalesce around common identities and often have enduring value. ; 33 $3.30

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In this chapter the authors discuss ways to structure conversations about race, how talk can lead to action, and where to find other people with whom to have those conversations. ; 21 $2.10