Why I Still Talk to White People About Racism
Jul 31, 2020 05:32PM
By Erec Smith
Erec Smith is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition at York College of Pennsylvania. He earned
his Ph.D. English from the University of Illinois at Chicago, with a
concentration in Language, Literacy and Rhetoric. His M.A English is also from
the University of Illinois at Chicago, and his B.A. English, cum laude and
Honors, was earned at Ursinus College.
Smith is an experienced teacher, researcher and published author.
He is a
black man in America in 2020 and his opinion piece in Newsweek is rhetorically written as if it is for a black audience
– yet it is keenly relevant for white readers, as the author notes the interest
expressed by many white people to listen, reflect, and “do their best to end racism and white supremacy altogether.”
While the article’s
rhetoric is aimed at convincing black individuals to stay engaged and take
advantage of the opportunity at hand for further dialogue, Dr. Smith is
extending his open hand to all of us, black and white, to engage in the
difficult conversations that will lead to healing and provide hope for achieving
racial equality and equity sooner, rather than later in our country.
A dialogue is a two-way conversation. If you’re white or black, reach out and take hold of Erec Smith’s extended hand by reading this article. Then extend your hand to others, form a circle, and sit and have some difficult conversations with an open heart.