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A Boston Globe Most Anticipated Fall Book
In this urgently needed guide, the PBS host, award-winning journalist, and author of We Need to Talk teaches us how to have productive conversations about race, offering insights, advice, and support.
A self-described “light-skinned Black Jew,” Celeste Headlee has been forced to speak about race—including having to defend or define her own—since childhood. In her career as a journalist for public media, she’s made it a priority to talk about race proactively. She’s discovered, however, that those exchanges have rarely been productive. While many people say they want to talk about race, the reality is, they want to talk about race with people who agree with them. The subject makes us uncomfortable; it’s often not considered polite or appropriate. To avoid these painful discussions, we stay in our bubbles, reinforcing our own sense of righteousness as well as our division.
Yet we gain nothing by not engaging with those we disagree with; empathy does not develop in a vacuum and racism won’t just fade away. If we are to effect meaningful change as a society, Headlee argues, we have to be able to talk about what that change looks like without fear of losing friends and jobs, or being ostracized. In Speaking of Race, Headlee draws from her experiences as a journalist, and the latest research on bias, communication, and neuroscience to provide practical advice and insight for talking about race that will facilitate better conversations that can actually bring us closer together.
This is the book for people who have tried to debate and educate and argue and got nowhere; it is the book for those who have stopped talking to a neighbor or dread Thanksgiving dinner. It is an essential and timely book for all of us.
Journalist Headlee (We Need to Talk), a self-described "light-skinned Black Jew," lowers the temperature around conversations about race in this edifying work. Acknowledging that racism is all too human, Headlee argues that a human-centered approach is needed to address bigotry and bias—namely, having conversations. Informed by her personal encounters and her experience as a National Public Radio host, Headlee offers helpful advice on how to fight racism through "lots and lots of short, low-stakes conversations." Headlee provides expert guidance on asking good, open-ended questions as well as appealing to critical thinking processes to combat prejudices among friends, family members, neighbors, or the "people you bump into at the hardware store or the library." For instance, she recommends discussing "the presence of racism surrounding us" and implicit or systemic racist structures. Written for those who are tired of arguing, debating, and still getting nowhere on the issue of race, Headlee's personal-yet-proficient approach to potentially heated parlays is sure to inspire constructive, and perhaps life-changing, conversations.