Racial Justice in Education – Frequently Asked Questions
Q6: No matter what I do, people don’t understand. Help!
offers a checklist for effective communication (see pp. 33–34 of “Framing Public Issues” on their web site). If you are able to say “Yes” to every item on their checklist, then:
- The higher order value you used as a frame must not have succeeded against another strongly held higher order value of your audience. Try a different higher order value.
- Try another audience! No important proposal for change has ever engendered 100% support.
In This Section:
- Intro: Racial Justice in Education - Frequently Asked Questions
- Q1: How can I get people to talk about race when they always want to change the subject?
- Q2: Race is always so sensitive to talk about. How can I keep a conversation focused and productive?
- Q3: When people do talk about race, and they use the dominant model of thinking, how can I get them to focus on policies, programs, and practices as sources of racial disparities?
- Q4: Data make a strong case about embedded racial inequities, but some people still don’t get it. Why?
- Q5: Could you give me an example of how to apply all of these points?
- Q6: No matter what I do, people don’t understand. Help!
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