Conversations about race are never easy. Here are a few tips on how to keep the conversation productive. This is part of a comprehensive Race Matters toolkit. For more information visit the Race Matters Institute website.
How to frame a productive conversation about race.
What to avoid when engaging in conversations about race.
If people see numbers that don’t fit their thinking about race, they’ll reject the numbers, but they can't reject powerful, moving stories from real people.
Stress values that unite rather than divide, like having a job. Focus on situations that anyone might find themselves in, like loss of a job.
Opportunity for all is one value most everyone can agree upon. Framing issues in terms of opportunity resonates with the deeply held ideal of America as the land of opportunity.