When living in a predominantly white community as we do, it can be difficult to know how to broach the subject of race. If you’re part of the dominant culture, that discussion can quickly turn to White People Awkwardly Tap Dancing Around the Subject. If you’re part of an under-represented group, it can seem like your personal experience will be viewed as being representative for all in your particular group. That’s a heavy load for everyone, and so it may seem easier to not address these issues at all.
As evidenced by news coverage of police shootings over the past few months, it’s clear we have a lot of talking to do about race in the United States. Are you uncertain of how to broach the subject? Here’s a helpful guide from the University of Missouri. Take a look at it, and let’s start the conversation. Comment here, or send us your story.