Have you ever heard the whisper?
Recently, in an empty parking lot, a colleague recounted a situation she had with a sales associate at a local store. “She was a Black woman,” my colleague whispered. I looked at her and asked, “Why are you whispering? There’s no one around!”
There were no controversial declarations or arguments, no racial epithets. So why whisper?
The whisper has become a social strategy to address potential insensitivity when talking about race. It reinforces the notion of race as a dangerous issue.