Examines why it's difficult to form friendships with people of different races, how we can make those connections, and how they will encourage more meaningful conversations about race.
Surveys have shown that the majority of people believe cross-racial friendships are essential for improving race relations. However, further polling reveals that most Americans tend to gravitate toward friendships within their own race. Psychologist Deborah L. Plummer examines how factors such as leisure, politics, humor, faith, social media, and education influence the nature and intensity of cross-racial friendships.
Inspiring and engaging, Plummer draws from focus groups, statistics, and surveys to provide insight into the fears and discomforts associated with cross-racial friendships. Through personal narratives and social analyses of friendship patterns, this book gives an insightful look at how cross-racial friendships work and fail within American society. Plummer encourages all of us to examine our friendship patterns and to deepen and strengthen our current cross-racial friendships.
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About the Author
Deborah L. Plummer, PhD, is a practicing psychologist, university professor, chief diversity officer, and speaker on topics central to racial equality, inclusion, and mutual respect. She currently serves as vice chancellor and chief diversity officer at UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care, and she has written for Diversity Executive and the Boston Globe Magazine. Her previous books include Handbook of Diversity Management and Racing Across the Lines: Changing Race Relations Through Friendships.
Table of Contents
Can We Be Friends?
Living “Separate as Fingers”
Living “One as the Hand”
Two-Button Choice: Acquaintance or Lover
Same Treatment Does Not Mean Equal Treatment
What’s in a Race?
Gentle (and Not So Gentle) Bumping
A New Generation . . . A New Form of Racism
Difficult Laughs Made Easier
What We Do with Our Leisure Time
The Heavenly Vision of Racial Unity
Friends in the Big Tent
Some of My Friends Are . . .