Stop trying to persuade your racist friends and family. Do this instead.

Stop trying to persuade your racist friends and family. Do this instead.

If you’ve spent the last four years or longer trying yet failing to have productive conversations with a family member or friend who holds racist views or votes for racist politicians, now is the time to move on. 

Provided you’ve made a good faith effort, no amount of gentle persuasion, myth debunking, or emotional pleading will convert someone whose arguments may be inflexible, disingenuous, steeped in conspiracy, or meant as punishment for personal grievances. The loved ones in your life who’ve clung to racism, whether they call it that or not, are unlikely to change their mind after just one more chat with you.  Read more…

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