Have you ever let a racist comment end a conversation or relationship? If racist talk gets you angry, how can you handle it without an argument? How can you help a person want to change? This book provides a toolkit of three ways to help you spread the virus of ERACISM (end racism). It will help you use the Trust Equation to improve your trustworthiness, Motivational Interviewing to learn a collaborative style of conversing, and Mindfulness to help you deal with your own emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness that could derail encounters.
The application of these techniques follows the same considerations as transmission of a virus – individual exposure, facilitating conditions, and susceptibility factors. Many academic disciplines like economics, history, law, politics, psychology, sociology, psychiatry, the neurosciences, and computer science, help us understand different aspects of racism and interventions. This not a book about ending structural inequality or social empowerment in the usual sense. It is about increasing your chances of influencing change.