People have deep anxiety and fear that keeps them from discussing race. Learn about the core barriers that make talking about race so difficult.
- So when it comes to difficult conversations about race, these are tough and they're tough for everybody. And the three main reasons why they're difficult is because number one, we have the fear of political reprisal. Within our organization, there is a social hierarchy and we don't want to lose our place by making a mistake in a difficult conversation about race. Similarly, there's social reprisal. We don't just go to work to make money. We also have friends there. We have relationships. We care about our colleagues, and we don't want to risk offending somebody. And lastly, while the risks are very, very clear, the payoffs often aren't as clear. And so we say, listen, it's not worth the risk. Why should I have this conversation? There's so much to lose, so we decide to disengage. And so I want you to remember this. This is tough for everybody. Don't let the fear be a signal that you need to avoid the conversation. The fear shows us that it's important to us. It's important for everybody, so we should lean into these conversations and strive to engage in a way that makes it more likely for us to create the environment that we want to see.