Tiffiny Hughes-Troutman, licensed psychologist and director of the Center for Assessment, Referral, and Education (CARE) at Georgia Tech offers suggestions and resources for starting conversations about race.
Talking about racism can be an uncomfortable topic. Structures and policies that lead to racial inequities can be even harder to discuss. Learning how racism operates in the groundwater will deepen our understanding and shift our perspective, helping us identify ways in which we can work together to improve the lives of children and families regardless of race or zip code.
What first comes to mind when you hear the word “racism”? Do you think of crosses burning, vile language, and offensive jokes?
You may picture personal biases or racist interactions between people. While this is one form of racism, organizations and social systems can also take actions that uphold the reality of racism. Dr. Camara Jones, Senior Fellow at the Morehouse School of Medicine, says that in order to address racism effectively, we have to understand how it operates at multiple levels.
Another way to think about it is to understand that racism is in the groundwater. It is poisoning multiple sectors, across multiple issues. Read more.