How to Ask Someone About Their Race

Asking “What are you?” comes with all kinds of assumptions. But race isn’t a taboo topic. We need to know how to engage in these conversations without forcing people into an “other” and making them censor themselves.

You might be thinking “Then what do I ask?”

This short video, featuring Amani Hayes-Messinger, tells you exactly how to throw self-censorship out the window and open up a deeper conversation.



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Amani Hayes-Messinger, 19, is a freshman at Brown University who grew up in Roxbury, MA. She is an aspiring journalist, memoirist and leader whose other interests include neuroscience, biology and photography. Always actively exploring and questioning, Amani continues to provoke people to engage in questions of identity.