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Race Talk Community of Practice

Race Talk Community of Practice

What is Race Talk?

Dr. Derald Wing Sue offers the following:

"Race talk is a dialogue or conversation that involves topics of race, racism, “whiteness” and White privilege. Race talk is generally filled with intense and powerful emotions, creates a threatening environment for participants, reveals major differences in worldviews or perspectives and often results in disastrous consequences such as a hardening of biased racial views. Unless instigated in some manner, the majority of people in interracial settings would prefer to avoid such topical discussions or to minimize and dilute their importance and meaning."

What is a Community of Practice?

From Wikipedia:

"A community of practice (CoP) is a group of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly ... A CoP can evolve naturally because of the members' common interest in a particular domain or area, or it can be created deliberately with the goal of gaining knowledge related to a specific field."


  • "Race Talk and the Conspriacy of Silence Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race" by Derald Wing Sue
  • "The fire next time" by James Baldwin
  • "Blindspot: hidden biases of good people" by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald