Talking about race isn’t easy, especially as your conversations surrounding the topic grow deeper and more complex.

It’s simple to point out overt racism, but confronting the subtle ways people of color are marginalized, even when you’re an ally or racial justice advocate, can be challenging.

A lot of people “shy away from talking about race because they’re afraid of saying the wrong thing,” says Raquel Cepeda, host of the podcast About Race. Even when you mean well, the fear of sticking your foot in your mouth could stop you from talking at all — and that’s no way to achieve progress. Read more…

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