From WBUR Cognoscenti
President Obama’s deeply personal thoughts have filled the air and blogosphere with renewed calls for that serious conversation about race we keep meaning to have in this country. But for any such conversation to occur, let alone succeed, the president noted, white Americans must recognize that African-Americans look at race relations “through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.”
As a white liberal who has just published a book about my own experiences with Chicago’s civil rights movement in the 1960s, I too have been struck by how personal experience influences not just my view of specific incidents, but by how the baseline of how we discuss race has shifted. Just over my own life span, I have seen that as a nation, we have been able to move the race conversation forward — even if we don’t always recognize at the time that we are doing so.
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Robert B. McKersie is professor emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management and author of A Decisive Decade, An Insider’s View of the Chicago Civil Rights Movement During the 1960s and co-author of “A Behavioral Theory of Labor Negotiations.