Constructive Engagement Checklist

I often get asked, "What can I do?" This list can help you get started.

  • Don’t set the conversation up as a war. When you make it so you’re on one side and the other person is on the other, you create a zero-sum game where someone has to lose.
     

  • Make it clear that your problem isn’t with CRT itself. Your concern lies with the fact that it’s presented in a manner that suggests it’s the only legitimate way to see the world.
     

  • Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Progress in promoting a more balanced discourse—even if it doesn’t fully get to your ideal outcome—is still progress.

  • Model the behavior you want to see. Humility and openness to other perspectives are crucial for effective engagement.

 

  • Always keep in mind that most people want a more just, fair society. Recognize that there are divergent views on how to get there.