Why Conversations on Race Usually Fail

We can't just talk about racism during a big national story. We need constant dialogue.

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Instead, the killing of Trayvon Martin has become another opportunity for some to deny the existence of racism and distort the history of race. And once again, we have a national conversation on race in which everyone talks past one another and nothing gets resolved.

Attorney General Eric Holder said that when it comes to race, we are a nation of cowards. Perhaps, but the real obstacle in having a conversation about race is that some of us are terribly ill informed.

Mychal Denzel Smith is a writer, social commentator and mental-health advocate. Follow him on Twitter.

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