Discover a Path to Antiracist Dialogue and Action
How to Have Antiracist Conversations:
Embracing Our Full Humanity to Challenge White Supremacy
Unpack the complexities of the way everyday racism manifests and learn to engage in transformative antiracist dialogues with Dr. Roxy Manning’s groundbreaking book. Through the lens of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Beloved Community framework, readers are empowered to foster change and challenge systemic white supremacy culture through fierce yet compassionate conversations.
- Who Can Benefit? Activists, educators, team leaders, group facilitators and anyone eager to understand and dismantle racism in daily interactions.
- What You’ll Learn: Practical tools for engaging in antiracist conversations, whether you’re the Actor, Receiver, or Bystander of an action that had harmful impact. Discover the underlying needs and values that drive all human actions and how tapping into these needs can facilitate transformation and connection.
- Unique Insights: Dr. Roxy Manning brings her rich background as a clinical psychologist, Nonviolent Communication practitioner, and Afro-Caribbean immigrant to provide a holistic and practical model for challenging everyday racism.
Embark on a journey of courage, understanding, and effective dialogue to confront and transform racism in all its forms.
The Antiracist Heart:
A Self-Compassion and Activism Handbook
Building on the frameworks of “How to Have Antiracist Conversations,” this handbook by Dr. Roxy Manning and Sarah Peyton, combines neuroscience and practical exercises for deep introspection and antiracist activism.
- Tailored For All: Whether you’re a person of the Global Majority (BIPOC) or white, experienced in addressing racism or just starting, this book is for you.
- What’s Inside: Engaging neuroscience exercises, questionnaires, and journaling prompts designed for individuals or groups.
- Create Change from Within: Gain skills to interrupt your implicit biases and dismantle racist constructs within your brain. Discover a radical form of self-compassion that empowers your capacity to engage in antiracist dialogues and actions, paving the way for real change.
Dive into a unique blend of brain science and activism, and equip yourself with the tools needed for the internal and interpersonal work of antiracism.
If you intend to make shifts in your individual understanding of race as it impacts your life, Roxy Manning’s book is a support in taking the first step: conversations with you. If you are collecting tools that support your contribution to compassionate conversations about our collective humanity, this book will help you build a powerful toolbox.
– ericka huggins, abolitionist, author and poet
How to Have Antiracist Conversations is for anyone on a racial justice journey. Readers will come back to it often as they move beyond dualistic right-wrong thinking about racism, toward an ability to skillfully reduce the occurrences of racism around them while, most importantly, centering and improving the experience of Global Majority people.
– Lee Warnecke, Southern Poverty Law Center
Manning has risked vulnerability to share openly her experiences and her practitioner’s insights about how to heal what is harmful and hard to talk about. Rather than more finger-pointing, How to Have Antiracist Conversations provides us with pathways, skill building tools and examples of how to navigate race and other social inequality dialogues with authenticity, compassion, and grace.
– Karen DeGannes
If you’ve ever struggled to make sense of charged landscape of race, racism, white supremacy, and antiracism, read this book. If you longed for more clarity, skill, and confidence to address racism and white supremacy, read this book. If you want more meaningful authentic dialogue, read this book. Integrating their deep insight and compassion, Roxy and Sarah offer us a powerful guide to transformative conversations about race.
– Oren Jay Sofer, author of Say What You Mean and Your Heart Was Made for This
For those who want a deeper understanding of the complexities of responding to racism, working towards social justice and the imprint of generations of systemic inequities on our bodies, our families, our societies and our legacies, I recommend reading Dr. Manning’s work. She brings insight, wisdom and the deep compassion that helps make these challenging topics accessible. If you want more than a good read, if you want the skills for actual change and integration, this book is a must.
– Donna Carter, International Coach Federation – Associate Certified Coach, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Nonviolent Communication practitioner and mindfulness practitioner
The companion workbook, The Antiracist Heart, is a breakthrough tool that astonishingly provides BOTH clearly articulated cutting-edge insights into the social dynamics and personal impacts of systemic racism/oppression on our psyches and behaviors, AND also concrete, accessible, doable strategies for personal and interpersonal healing and connection through greater presence, warmth, choice, and intentional, grounded, emotionally-intelligent power as the basis for systemic, justice-based healing. Manning and Peyton’s synthesis and application of clinical and action-based research resonates powerfully in bridging the intrapersonal, interpersonal, and structural/systemic spheres of our human experience and gives us an invaluable guide to working in all three spheres effectively and with integrity. It is quite simply a bad-ass piece of work!
– Edmundo Norte, Emeritus Dean of Intercultural and International Studies, De Anza College, and Senior Fellow with the Community Learning Partnership
“We are living in an age of racial reckoning. Racial healing is a real possibility, but so is racial conflict. How to Have Antiracist Conversations is a roadmap to racial healing, grounded in the practice of nonviolence and a commitment to reconciliation.”
– Kazu Haga, author of Healing Resistance
Dr. Manning shows us how we can have it all: express the truth of our experience while also contributing to genuine understanding and connection, transforming the ideal of Beloved Community into a daily practice. This book inspires me and gives me hope that we can do the hard, joyful, necessary work of building Beloved Community.
– Kathy Simon, Ph.D., author of Moral Questions in the Classroom and Nonviolent Communication trainer
In our extremely polarized social landscape, where charged conversations about racism often result in disconnection, perpetual outrage, and gnawing despair, one may feel less-than-optimistic about how to dismantle white supremacy culture. In How to Have Antiracist Conversations, however, Dr. Roxy Manning provides us with a practical guide for how we can practice antiracism in our everyday lives—whether with family, friends, colleagues, and even strangers—without depleting our spirit and heart. Both timely and timeless in its approach and unshakably hopeful, this book shows readers their capacity to disrupt racism while creating meaningful connection and lasting change for each other and for the world.
– Mike Tinoco, author of Heart at the Center, Educator and Kingian Nonviolence Trainer
Roxy’s book is a timely, clear, and systematic ‘how to’ that is vital in responding to the most pressing issues of our time. If you are committed to social justice, structural changes, and uplifting communities around the globe, read this book!
– Kobi Skolnick, founder of Lead for Impact
I hope that this book is printed on very durable paper, because I plan to use it like a classic cookbook or a map to a favorite spot. What are we cooking? Where are we headed? The answer is Beloved Community, which Roxy Manning shows us does not have to be an abstract vision in the distance, but something we show up and practice. To great effect, How to Have Antiracist Conversations combines the transformative tools of Nonviolent Communication, a clear analysis of white supremacy and other interlocking systems of domination, moving personal narrative, and hopeful cutting-edge brain science. The Authentic Dialogues framework Roxy introduces here provides ways through conflict and harm that certainly don’t make it seem easy, but make it seem possible by breaking down different kinds of dialogues and their building blocks (including, critically, the necessary inner work). Finally, it offers concrete examples of Authentic Dialogue in action, which help illustrate all the choice points there can be in each moment, depending on the circumstances, needs, and capacities of the participants. All in all, this book is reminiscent of the work of other brilliant folks like Kazu Haga and adrienne maree brown. Like them, Roxy remains clear-eyed about the devastating domination culture we must dismantle, while at the same remaining steadfast in her commitment to true interdependence and fierce compassion.
– Erika Arthur, Catherine Cutler Institute, University of Southern Maine
While I have read and learned from many other wonderful authors in this field, I have never read something so vulnerable and authentic that spoke to me on many levels. Dr. Manning’s book teaches, shares her personal and unique insights, and shines brilliantly with love, empathy and a passionate vision of Beloved Community for our world. Having worked in a variety of organizations as a lawyer, leader, and teacher for over 25 years in my profession, I found the clarity of Dr. Manning’s vision for what community, including our places of work, could look like if we truly commit ourselves to minimizing microaggressions and bias to be deeply moving. I invite you into personal transformation, to take a risk, and to join on this journey toward the creation of Beloved Community that this book calls us to become.
– Justin Connor, Attorney and Executive Director, The Center for Industry Self-Regulation and Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law School