Get 20% off sitewide with promo code SUMMER22 at checkout! Shop now »

For more great books, visit

Speaking of Race

How to Have Antiracist Conversations That Bring Us Together

By Patricia Roberts-Miller

It’s easy to say that racism is wrong. But it’s surprisingly hard to agree on what it is. Does a tired stereotype in your favorite movie make it racist? Does watching it anyway mean you’re racist? Even among like-minded friends, such discussions can quickly escalate to hurt feelings all around—and when they do, we lose valuable opportunities to fight racism.

Patricia Roberts-Miller is a scholar of rhetoric—the art of understanding misunderstandings. In Speaking of Race, she explains why the subject is a “third rail” and how we can do better: We can acknowledge that, in a racist society, racism is not the sole provenance of “bad people.” We can focus on the harm it causes rather than the intent of offenders. And, when someone illuminates our own racist blind spots, we can take it not as a criticism, but as a kindness—and an opportunity to learn and to become less racist ourselves.

Read more

Shipping to the U.S. only. Please see our International FAQ for more information.

Books also available at
Meet the Author
Patricia Roberts-Miller headshot

Patricia Roberts-Miller

More about the author
Review quotes
“Packed with helpful examples and analogies, this lucid account takes a meaningful step toward ‘reducing racism in our world.’”Publishers Weekly

"Readers of all levels and backgrounds will appreciate the clarity with which Roberts-Miller approaches a topic so often driven by powerful emotion."Choice
Product Details
Number of pages
Publication date
January 12, 2021