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ENG 207/347/547: African American Literature

A guide on the study of African American literature.

“Now that we’re all in the room, how do we start this discussion?” (Oluo,2018)

Tips for Discussing Race

  • Discussing race is not inherently racist or offensive (Oluo, 2018; The Root Staff, 2013)
  • It’s okay to feel uncomfortable or leave your comfort zone; internally explore why you feel uncomfortable (Trent, 2015)
  • It is not about the experiences of white people. White people must remember to set aside their assumptions and listen to what people of color are sharing and expressing (Harriot, 2016;  Oluo, 2018)
  • Having an open mind and listening before responding will allow for a more productive conversation (Trent, 2015; Oluo, 2018)
  • Ask clarifying questions on topics or ideas you don’t understand and be willing to research these topics separately (Oluo, 2018)

From The Library

How Do We Improve the Dialogue About Race Relations? -PBS NewsHour