What happens when you talk honestly about race?

“In Good Faith: Messy Conversations About Race in Black and White” is a non-profit dialogue between a white man and a black woman from different backgrounds who share a common goal of building and promoting racial understanding.”

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Talking about race in the United States is difficult and exhausting. White people feel attacked as they confront privilege, guilt and anger. Black people are tired of explaining why their lives matter. The result feels like a mine field, so that even would-be allies withdraw into the safety of their own racial group.

“In Good Faith: Messy Conversations About Race and What We Learned from Them” is an ongoing dialogue between two people: a white man and a black woman. They discuss race in real time as the United States convulses through the murders of unarmed black men at the hands of police, the election of Donald Trump and its aftermath.

The conversations are raw, real and, at times, funny. But they also show how people can evolve in their understanding of themselves and each other when they remain committed to their hopes more than their fears. 

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A.J. and Kerra present roughly six months of edited dialogue about race in America, beginning with their first “meeting” by e-mail but focusing on a period from late 2016 through early 2017. This was a tumultuous time in the U.S., the country reacting to the deaths of black men at police hands and to the political climate of the Trump presidency. The novella-length e-book focuses on the personal in all this, as two people of radically different backgrounds try to talk candidly about what is happening around them and how they can make it better.

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A series of real time audio dialogues between AJ and Kerra in which they extend and build upon issues and ideas raised in their previous conversations and how people have responded to them.

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Five Rules for Talking About Race

Like the project itself, “Five Rules for Talking About Race” were not planned in advance, but evolved out of the aftermath of their first argument. They proved effective then and in subsequent debates, especially when things got heated.

Their framework includes the following “rules” or guidelines:

  1. We are friends.
  2. We talk candidly about race with a view to understanding each other's position better and furthering better dialogue on the issues between people.
  3. We both speak and listen.
  4. We don't get to hurt each other.
  5. We remain friends.