Community Building | National Museum of African American History and Culture

«Conversations about race may be uncomfortable, yet it is at the edge of discomfort where we can learn the most. Since we cannot remove the risk from conversations about race, we encourage a shift in mindset. By moving from safe spaces to brave spaces [pay attention, fellow white people (and self)], we can rise to the challenge of having honest conversations that lead to a more equitable society.

For people of color, a racially mixed group is rarely a safe space no matter what the intent of the participants. Brave space requires different kinds of bravery for people of color than it does for white people.»

That second paragraph: oh wow. It’s obvious, but I’ve been so concerned about my own safety, I (almost?) never thought of it.

This is like the pants with nobody inside them.

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