In the last several weeks, several leaders have reached out and asked me how to hold conversations about racial relations that will deepen understanding without creating offense.

These types of queries are important to consider given the current tensions many are experiencing. Their questions caused me to reflect upon a conversation that I had recently while traveling home.I had the opportunity to sit next to a gentleman who struck up a conversation about COVID-19 and the challenges it presents. Eventually the conversation turned to the civil unrest and racial tensions within our country.

He told me how one of his daughters had recently approached him to talk about racism. She told her father that she had been yelled at, called names and threatened by a group of young men of color when she was much younger. Recently, when she viewed some of the looting that was portrayed on television, she found herself thinking about those people from the same perspective that she originally formulated.