Welcome to the 68th episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast, and on today’s episode, I talk about how race conversations at work are stalling. I ask the question, are you still too scared to talk about race? If so, then this is the episode for you! 

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In today’s show, I talk about:

  • Why we need to talk about race inequalities and systemic injustice at work. [01:17]
  • Scenarios that stop people from talking about race at work. [01:40]  
  • Some things to consider before beginning conversations about race at work. [03:36]
  • What microaggressions are and some examples of them. [10:44]
  • How to have productive conversations about race at work. [13:25]

Quotes on still too scared to talk about race:  

  • If we don’t talk about the subject of race inequalities, and systemic injustice, things will just persist and not magically go away.
  • Talking about race isn’t simply a case of asking nosy questions, or starting a conversation out of context. 
  • We have to talk about race because of the system that was created due to colonialism, forced movement of people, a hierarchy and the medicalisation of black bodies, and the lies that were told about what people could or couldn’t do based on their skin colour.
  • If you really want to talk about race, one of the first things is to think about microaggressions.
  • We need to not make people divulge information or things that have made them feel very upset.

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