Martin Luther King Jr. once said: “People fail to get along with each other because they fear each other. They fear each other because they don’t know each other. They don’t know each other because they have not properly communicated with each other.” Personal Communicating and Racial Equity: A Humane Technology for Building Anti-Stereotyping Relationships with People Who are Different from you explains how to “properly communicate” with people culturally different from you through a nine step process.
This short manual is designed to empower social justice advocates, intercultural communication and race-class-gender students, multicultural competence workshop participants, and racial equity advocates by addressing one of U.S. culture’s most serious 21st century challenges.
The nine steps for proper communication included in Personal Communicating and Racial Equity: A Humane Technology for Building Anti-Stereotyping Relationships with People Who are Different from you, by John Stewart:
- Are “humane” and focus on what it means to be human
- Help build “non-stereotyping” relationships that are as personal as possible
- Mobilize curiosity, humility, and platinum empathy to help connect with others
1. Anderson’s Challenge
2. Taking In and Giving Out
3. Using All Your Brain Power
4. Help Make Your Communicating As Personal As Possible
5. Get These Four on the Table
6. Help Uniquenesses Meet
7. Dealing with Difficult Difference
10. Platinum Empathy
11. Working to Put It Together
Personal Communicating and Racial Equity, 2nd Edition, makes a significant contribution to helping people understand that constructively communicating across cultures is not only possible but also imperative in the U.S. today. Participants in my intercultural communication courses and workshops found Stewart’s approach and prescriptions to be relevant, concrete, and very practical. One student remarked, “The book is so well-written, and easy to understand. I love any opportunity to further question my identities and to assess myself in terms of my personal communication.” I could not agree more.
Charles Braithwaite, Ph.D., Department of Communication Studies, University of Nebraska, Lincoln