Summary of Presentation to the Race Advisory Board
Dr. Derald Wing Sue
I believe that if we are to become a fair, just, and equitable society, we must begin toindividually and institutionally address one of the most divisive concepts in our society. President Clinton's call for a constructive dialogue on "race" represents a major step inthat direction. It will succeed, however, only if we are able to acknowledge our biasesand preconceived notions; to be open and honest with one another; to hear the hopes,fears, and concerns of all groups in this society; to recognize how prejudice anddiscrimination hurts everyone; and to seek common solutions that allow for equal accessand opportunities.
To accomplish the cultural mosaic of "One America" means several important things. First, overcoming our biased cultural conditioning means that each and everyone of usmust confront ourselves. We must have a willingness to address internal issues related topersonal belief systems, behaviors, and emotions when interacting with other racialgroups. On an individual level, we must experience and learn about race and racism inorder to check out the validity of our assumptions and understanding. Suggestions forhow White Americans and other racial/ethnic minority groups can change individuallywill be given.
Second, to allow for equal access and opportunity in institutions (education, business andindustry), we must attempt to change, refine, instill or create new policies, programs,practices, and structures which are fair to all groups. My work on institutions suggestsseveral conditions which would facilitate and help organizations in that direction.