White Ally Toolkit
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What happens in 1-on-1 conversations among whites is important

 
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Mission

We help white people who are a little “woke” about racism to have more productive conversation with other whites who don’t share their understanding. 

 

Methodology

Same race conversations have a special importance because they are free of something called racial anxiety. This term refers to the extra nervousness that often happens in cross-racial conversations. 

This project promotes a specific method of managing conversations with skeptics called The Connector Method. This method requires the ally to draw out the skeptic’s views and consciously attempt to set aside whatever emotional reaction might have. 

The Connector Method is based on decades of experience in helping people have productive encounters across divides in how people think about race.  We are confident that this strategy is particularly productive in 1-on-1 and very small group encounters between white people.

 

Audience

This website is for people who agree with four things:

1. Racism against people of color is a specific problem that needs to be addressed. 

2. Unless we address this, America’s overall progress will be undermined. 

3. White people have a special obligation and role to play in dismantling racism. 

4. Productively talking with other whites is part of that obligation. 

 
 
 

The lack of effective engagement between people who understand racism against people of color and those who are skeptical of it is having grave consequences for America

 
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Purpose

Thankfully, the number of white people who consider themselves allies against racism is growing. However, many of these people are more comfortable talking about racism with people they agree with (whites and people of color) than talking about race with people they disagree with. The lack of effective engagement between people who understand racism against people of color and those who are skeptical of it is having grave consequences for America.

We provide some guidance from experts for white racism allies who want to engage their racism-skeptical friends, relatives, and colleagues in racial dialogue.

We also cultivate and maintain a community of practice where allies can share successes and reflect on tactics in 1-on-1 and small group engagement.

 
 
 

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