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When Claudia Rankine Brought Up Race In Couples Counseling
When Claudia Rankine Brought Up Race In Couples Counseling

When Claudia Rankine Brought Up Race In Couples Counseling

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<p><span>Before the pandemic, poet and professor Claudia Rankine traveled often for work. Her acclaimed 2014 book <em>Citizen: An American Lyric</em> brought her unflinching perspective on race relations to the mainstream. And in her latest book, </span><em><span>Just Us</span></em><span>, Claudia examined her own personal interactions with white friends, family, colleagues…and even the strangers she'd meet on those work trips. </span></p> <p><span>While Claudia's made a name for herself with her reflections on these types of conversations, she told me they're not always easy to have, including with her own husband. </span>"I might say, 'You're only doing that because you're a white guy.' And he'll say, 'Well, you do the same thing.' And I say, "I may do the same thing, but I don't have the same reception,'"<span> she said. Claudia also told me about growing up in predominantly white spaces in the Bronx during the 1970s, and how a cancer diagnosis in her 50s allowed her to reassess what she wants out of life.</span></p>

When Claudia Rankine Brought Up Race In Couples Counseling

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