Why Should Racism Skeptics Be Empathetically Listened to,
and Why Should This Be the Work of White Allies?
There is increasing scientific evidence that shows that empathy-based dialogues are the way to go if you want to have a chance to change adults’ minds. According to this research, the best way to foster “debiasing” is to first listen empathetically to skeptics so they feel heard, and after that, raise experiences and facts that invite them to a broader and more nuanced perspective.
If anti-racism allies are going to change any minds, empathetic listening will likely be important. But, the anti-racism movement should not expect people of color to empathetically listen to white racism skeptics.
White people are in a much better position to execute listening-based strategy with people who are skeptical about whether racism is real.
On a daily basis, people of color must endure the indirect expression of white skepticism that racism really matters, and they must do so as they are they are experiencing overt and subtle racism in many parts of their lives. Some people of color might want to choose to have conversations where white people’s racial skepticism is consciously expressed. But it would not be fair to expect people of color to endure this.
Engaging white folks who are skeptical of racism so they can examine and potentially revisit their views should be the a primary task of white allies and not a key task for people of color. But the allies must be smart about how to do this.
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Dr. David Campt is considered a national expert in the areas of inclusion and equity, stakeholder engagement, and conflict resolution and dialogue. His insights about the keys to more effective institutions and communities have been sought by small executive boards of fewer than a dozen to large-scale summits involving thousands of people. In addition to speaking on these topics to live audiences, he also has numerous appearances media expert, appearing on national media outlets as well as local television, radio, and print media in local outlets all across the United States.
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