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Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence

Derald Wing Sue, 2015. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Unspoken social rules determine much of what we say and do at home, at school, and at work with clients and coworkers. Often, these rules are good for society - they allow us to get along with one another in the world. But occasionaly, these hidden rules have a detrimental impact, and in those situations the rules must be brought to light and eliminated. In avoiding this emotionally charged topic, we usually have good intentions - a concern for politeness, a desire not to offend - but Dr. Derald Wing Sue's research has shown that we do far more harm than good when we stay silent.