The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

How We Talk About Race In N.H.

After racist remarks by Los Angeles Clippers Owner Donald Sterling and Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Robert Copeland, outrage dominated the national headlines, and both men were widely reprimanded.  But some say merely criticizing and dismissing such comments isn’t enough – and that we need a candid conversation about race relations.

Wolfeboro, where a police commissioner was recently pressured to resign after making racist comments
Credit Sean Hurley / NHPR



  • NHPR's report on Copeland's resignation: "Although Police Commissioner Robert Copeland submitted a letter of resignation earlier today, the people of Wolfeboro worry about the possible long-term impact the racial controversy could have on their town."
  • a Chronicle Vitae piece about why people have a hard time discussing race: Far too many of us consider the act of talking about structural racism—analyzing it, discussing it, or just pointing out that it exists—to be racist in and of itself. That’s especially true when we feel that the topic is going to make whites uncomfortable. Surprisingly, this belief crosses racial boundaries.
  • opinion piece on what Donald Sterling did right:  "Conversations on race are deeply personal and require that we talk to each other, one on one and face to face. But they also require trust. Time and time again, we have seen that there is absolutely no trust at the national level to have these complicated and uncomfortable discussions."

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