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. Unspoken social rules determine much of what we say and do at home, at school, and at work with clients and coworkers. Often, these rules are good for society--they allow us to get along with one another in the world. But occasionally, these hidden rules have a detrimental impact, and in those situations the rules must be brought to light and eliminated. In avoiding this emotionally charged topic, we usually have good intentions--a concern for politeness, a desire not to offend--but Dr. Derald Wing Sue's research has shown that we do far more harm than good when we stay silent about race. 'Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence' is an enlightening account of why we still see race as a taboo discussion topic, how our silence harms us, and what we can do to change uncomfortable conversations into productive dialogs. Educators in K-12 and higher education, trainers, mental health and professionals, and parents will appreciate this book's frankness and foundation in scientific evidence. Learning to talk about race is crucial if we hope to achieve the equal society that has long been part of the American mythos. Each one of us, through our everyday interactions with each other and the example we provide for the next generation, can contribute to this hallmark of social justice. In 'Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence,' a concrete set of guidelines and solutions for engaging in honest racial dialogue will help educators, parents, and trainers become agents of change by bringing the issue of race to light in a positive manner. The tacit rules surrounding race talk are more numerous than many people suppose. Without knowing it, we use a number of different strategies to evade the topic, often under the premise that we are 'colorblind.' 'Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence' exposes these avoidance strategies as the fallacies they are. Readers will also discover why being polite about race--in other words, ignoring the subject--is actually harmful to Whites and people of color alike. This book teaches concrete strategies for identifying and breaking bad habits so that we can break the silence on the issue of race and benefit from meaningful race talk. Turn Uncomfortable Conversations into Meaningful Dialogue 'Talking about race--and especially about racism--is one of the most contentious and complex elements of teaching. It's rawness means that this kind of talk 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 microaggressions, 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 written accessibly and helpfully and will be invaluable to teachers (like myself) who struggle to make race talk a central part of their work' --Stephen Brookfield, John Ireland Endowed Chair, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis-St. Paul Written by the nation's leading multicultural scholar, this book introduces race talk to anyone with a need to understand the complexities of race in diverse settings. Based on original research, 'Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence,' is an eye-opening examination of how our habit of avoiding the topic of race has detrimental consequences for Whites, people of color, and society as a whole. 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 'Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence' has the potential to transform the way you address race in your everyday life. By understanding how conversations on race can impact people for the better, you can break the silence to build better relationships and a more just and equitable society.