Richard, thanks for joining the conversation. It can be very frustrating dealing with people who don’t understand the principles of white privilege and institutional racism.
I’d like to offer a couple of “resources” (I’m at a loss for coming up with a less pretentious-sounding term). The first is another article I wrote about speaking to white people about racism. The second is a clip of educator—
- Wikipedia entry about educator and anti-racism activist, Jane Elliott
- Jane Elliott’s “Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes” exercise
- Pithy clip 47-second clip of Jane Elliott in action.
All four of these are great starting points for dialoging about racism. Remember, the keys are care, respect, and to approach in a non-threatening manner. You know, gauge the person you’re speaking with, receptivity, and how best to approach them.
Good luck! I’m curious to hear how it goes.
We all have to keep fighting the good fight.