Utilizing Dr. Martin Luther King's Beloved Community framework, activists will be empowered to create change and equity through fierce yet compassionate dialogue against racism and systematic white supremacy.
Although committed to antiracism, many people struggle with confronting racist behavior. Difficult conversations are avoided or end in negativity, aggression, and even violence.
How to Have Antiracist Conversations gives the tools to approach hard conversations with compassion and authenticity by embracing the 6 principles of Kingian Nonviolence:
1. Nonviolence is the way of life for courageous people
2. The Beloved Community framework is the future
3. Attack forces of evil, not persons doing evil
4. Accept suffering without retaliation for the sake of the cause
5. Avoid internal violence of spirit as well as external physical violence
6. The universe is on the side of justice
Combined with an understanding of racist theory, readers can approach sensitive topics and address discriminatory behavior while minimizing harm.
Drawing on her experience as a clinical psychologist and an Afro-Caribbean immigrant, Manning provides a model of dialogue, demonstrated with practical applications, which can be applied to a variety of situations where difference in power and privilege exist.
About the Author:
Roxy Manning is a clinical psychologist and certified Center for Nonviolent Communication trainer. Since 2004 she has operated a private consulting business and regularly holds international workshops and intensives centered around nonviolent communication and social change issues. She has served as executive director of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication and focuses her outside efforts on working with the homeless population of San Francisco.