Race Relations, Racial Reconciliation, and Intergroup Dialogue




Wichterman, Krista

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Minority populations in America have experienced centuries of discrimination, oppression, and racism. Although many efforts have been made toward racial reconciliation, cross-cultural collaboration, and racial justice, America’s diverse culture remains steeped in racial tension, disparity, and division. Conversations of race have expansively evolved, arriving at two prominent, yet antithetical philosophies called colorblindness and antiracism. Each framework recommends different solutions to combat disunity and injustice while promoting cultural cohesion. However, it seems that employed solutions have not resulted in the desired outcomes of healing, equity, and racial prejudice reduction and studies have differed about the effectiveness of these competing solutions. However, a conversation model called intergroup dialogue shows promising results, leading to changed minds and prejudice reduction. The Mutual Obligations approach, created by Sociology professors George Yancey and Michael Emerson, is a form of intergroup dialogue that, if widely utilized, could lead to widespread racial collaboration, cross-cultural problem-solving, and societal healing.



Race relations., Historical racism., Institutional racism., Colorblind solutions., Antiracist solutions., Integroup dialogue., Mutual obligations approach., Collaborative conversations.