Friday 15th December 2017,

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Dear White America, A Letter from Jose Antonio Vargas

posted by Randall

Race is an issue many people are uncomfortable talking about especially across cultural lines.
Jose Antonio Vargas is hoping to change that with a new project this fall with the Los Angeles Times. .
He’s narrated a letter titled Dear White America. In it, he talks about the demographic shift in this country, the minority-majority in California and the role each of us will play in a new racial binary.
It’s a sensitive area full of trappings. Starbucks hoped to engage its customers in conversation about race, but the initiative folded before it barely got off the ground due to a backlash in social media and from its customers.
Perhaps such a complex and nuanced topic deserves a better forum than I’ll have a tall latte and, by the way, what do you think of the Black Lives Mater movement.
The Times #EmergingUS campaign may be that forum. Reading about these issues over a morning cup of coffee in the privacy of your own home will give people a chance to soak in these issues and maybe give it a second thought.
Social media will give readers a chance to engage with others on these topics.
Of course, none of this matters if no one reads the articles or bothers to engage. EmergingUS will be a new digital magazine.
What do you think? Are Americans ready to engage on race in more than a superficial way?

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