Race Manners for the 21st Century: Navigating the Minefield Between Black and White Americans in an Age of Fear

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Completely revised and updated, a collection of recognizable scenarios contains racial components that suggest how we act toward one another on a day-to-day basis reveals the racial situations we all inevitably encounter, how to make sense of them, and how black and white Americans can confront the prejudices that are present between them. Original. 10,000 first printing.

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AUTHORBIO: Bruce A. Jacobs's work has appeared in American Writing, the African-American Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and many other publications. He frequently speaks at universities and in communities across the country. A graduate of Harvard University, he lives in Maryland.

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A DISCUSSION GUIDE TO RACE MANNERS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

Why a Guide?

"Do you have questions our book group can use in discussing Race Manners?" "Do you have anything I can use to help guide discussion of Race Manners among my students?"

In my travels since the release of Race Manners and now the second edition, Race Manners for the 21st Century, readers and teachers have asked these questions many times.

Often I simply typed up questions and guidelines for group discussions and emailed them to those who asked for them. Then one day at a reading, an audience member asked, "Wouldn't it be a good idea if you wrote a discussion guide so that anyone who wants it can use it?"

He was right, so here it is.

The purpose of this guide is to spur people to think and talk more openly about the ideas raised in Race Manners. Most of us need help with this. We have learned to skirt racial topics in order to avoid the aggravation of yet another pointless argument, to dodge the potential shame of looking or sounding bigoted, and to do our best to push everyday racial stress out of our lives in a world already full of worries and anger.

We need a way to reclaim truth-telling.

The questions in this guide will help you do that in your book group, your classroom, or your own reading and thinking about the issues that Race Manners raises.

"The Rules of Engagement" on the next page will give you suggestions for getting the most out of these conversations. It's not always going to be easy. Stay with it. After all, if we who are willing to sit down together don't follow through on this vital interchange, who will?

Bruce A. Jacobs
January 2008

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