Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

White peo­ple who want to talk race is­sues at Thanks­giv­ing can lean on a text hot­line set up by an or­ga­ni­za­tion that wants peo­ple to seek out such con­ver­sa­tions, not steer clear of them. The group, called Show­ing up for Racial Jus­tice, says the idea was spurred af­ter hear­ing from “newly politi­cized” peo­ple from around the coun­try ner­vous about the hol­i­day.

The hot­line is de­signed to help peo­ple who get stuck in tough spots dur­ing racial con­ver­sa­tions. They can text “SOS” and choose from a menu of op­tions to get help­ful facts or talk­ing points so they can have re­spect­ful con­ver­sa­tions with­out alien­at­ing fam­ily mem­bers, said Heather Cronk, co-founder of a group formed in 2009 amid back­lash to elec­tion of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama.

“I would liken it to the But­ter­ball hot­line, but it’s not about turkeys, it’s about your racist un­cle,” said Cronk from her home in Washington, D.C.

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