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Understanding racism: What you need to know to have honest conversations about race

As part of our Project CommUNITY initiative, we're working to bring our communities together with information and resources that can help us all have honest discussions about race and racism.

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George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. The deaths of these individuals, and many others like them, have sparked protests across the country and heightened discussions about race relations and racism in the United States. It's a topic that can be difficult for many to talk about.

As part of our Project CommUNITY initiative, we're working to bring our communities together with information and resources that can help us all have honest discussions about race and racism. Below are some links to help you learn more about the issue and steps you can take to move the conversation forward.

Self-reflection

How do I talk about this?

The National Museum of African American History and Culture has put together a series of easy-to-follow guides on having these difficult conversations.

They cover how to approach this topic:

More resources:

How do I take action?

How can I be a good listener?

Before you jump into a conversation, brush up on some active listening skills.

What history should I learn?

Education is a lifelong endeavor and no list will ever provide you a complete understanding of race relations in America. However, the following articles below provide a good start on your learning journey.

Do you have a resource that can help? Share it with us here

Many of these resources come from or were curated originally by the National Museum of African American History and Culture. You can donate to it here.