Let’s Talk Race

White privilege. White fear. White guilt. Ingrained, systemic racism is being revealed and yet many white people have been unable or unwilling to talk about it. The conversations need to start now.

Let’s Talk Race confronts why white people struggle to talk about race, why we need to own this problem, and how we can learn to do the work ourselves and stop expecting Black people to do it for us.

Written by two specialists in race relations and parents of two adopted African American sons, the book provides unique insights and practical guidance richly illustrated with personal examples, anecdotes, and prompts for personal reflection and conversations about race.

Coverage Includes

  • Seeing the varied forms of racism
  • How we normalize and privilege whiteness
  • Essential and often unknown elements of Black history that inform the present
  • Racial disparities in education, health, criminal justice, and wealth
  • Understanding racially-linked cultural differences
  • How to find conversational partners and create safe spaces for conversations
  • Conversational do’s and don’ts

Moving Forward

Let’s Talk Race is for all white people who want to face the challenges of talking about race and working towards justice and equity.

The Authors

Fern L. Johnson, Ph.D., is Senior Research Scholar and Professor Emerita at Clark University, specializing in race and culture.

Marlene G. Fine, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita at Simmons University, specializing in cultural diversity and leadership.

As white parents of African American sons, they co-authored The Interracial Adoption Option. They reside near Boston, Massachusetts.

Learn More About The Authors

Upcoming Events

April 12, 2021, 8:00-9:00 pm
Live interview with David McMillan, host of Strategies for Living, ABC Radio Network, Townsquare Media, KEEL Radio
Listen: https://www.facebook.com/112880256911150/videos/

April 14, 10:30-11:15 am
Live interview with Rich Fisher, host of Studio Tulsa, KWGS Radio, regionally syndicated NPR show

April 14th, 2021, 7:00 pm
Virtual Book Launch Conversation with Lisa Mullins
Brookline Booksmith, Brookline MA
Register here: https://www.brooklinebooksmith.com/event/fern-johnson-marlene-fine-lets-talk-race

April 20th, 2021
Podcast interview with Robbin McManne, Parenting Our Future
Podcast available: parentingforconnection.com/podcast-1 

May 11th, 2021
Author talk sponsored by Morgan Hill Bookstore, New London NH & First Congregational Church of Wilmot NH
Registration information coming soon

May 19th, 2021
Author talk sponsored by Gleason Public Library, Carlisle MA
Registration information coming soon