A Process for Stopping Racist Behaviors: Creating Safe Dialogue
As we increasingly come face to face with peoples from every arc of the globe (it has no corners, you see), we bring with us the baggage of our racial conditioning that is the legacy of every human population. Even knowing we are all children of one creator/creation, we are prevented from interacting as with equals when the other does not look or act like us. Effective, efficient and fair globalization demands that we treat one another as equals of equal value. To do so, in spite of our racial conditioning, we need to engage in a special form of dialogue that requires achieving a deeper level of listening that can be taught. In a group of forty or fewer diverse individuals, we will create a space in which it will be safe to enter and interact with one another as we do with our peers.
Keywords: Dialogue, Healing Racism, Unaware Racism, Internalized Racism, Subtle Racism, Aversive Racism
Dr. Saundra (Sandy) Boyd
Professor and Co-Director, Behavioral and Social Science, Psychology