Say The Right Thing

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Say the Right Thing
How to talk about Identity, Diversity, and Justice

In the current period of social and political unrest, conversations about identity are becoming more frequent and more difficult.

Kenji Yoshino and David Glasgow, founders of the Meltzer Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at NYU School of Law, are here to show potential allies that these conversations don’t have to be so overwhelming.

Research-backed, accessible, and uplifting, Say the Right Thing gives us the practical tools to move from unconsciously hurting people to consciously helping them.


Atria Books, 2023
Hardcover/240 pages
ISBN 1982181389

Praise for Say the Right Thing

“Open-hearted and constructive, Say the Right Thing is a crucial read for anyone seeking the words to put their values into the world.”
Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Four Tendencies and The Happiness Project

“Diversity is a fact, but inclusion is a choice. This book is an utterly transformative guide to building an inclusive culture—one conversation at a time.”
Vanessa Williams, award-winning actress and singer, and New York Times bestselling co-author of You Have No Idea

“Clear-eyed, rigorous, humane, but most importantly wise. Say the Right Thing manages to be both righteous and kind, which is the combination we all need.”
Chris Hayes, New York Times bestselling author and Emmy Award-winning news anchor

“Yoshino and Glasgow’s book could not come at a better moment. Increasingly, our democracy and our future depend on our capacity to talk to one another, come to greater understanding, and act together to advance the cause of justice. In offering readers these skills, Say the Right Thing is a critical tool for a challenging time.”
Deborah Archer, President of the ACLU

“Every aspiring leader needs the ability to navigate conversations across difference with empathy, wisdom, and compassion. Brimming with practical advice, this extraordinary book guides the way.”
James Gorman, CEO of Morgan Stanley

“This much-needed book answers a key question: how can we move from good intentions to concrete action? Kenji Yoshino and David Glasgow write with eloquence, candor, and vulnerability to guide us all toward greater inclusion. Anyone who wants to be a better ally will find Say the Right Thing a precious gift.”
Lindsay-Rae McIntyre, Chief Diversity Officer at Microsoft

“This gem translates research into action and principles into practicality. At a time in our culture when many of us are locked into conflict or turning away from each other out of fear, this book offers both the how-to and the why-to guide we desperately need. Say the Right Thing is an instant classic.”
Dolly Chugh, author of The Person You Mean to Be and A More Just Future