A showing of Robin DiAngelo speaking about White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism, based on her book by that name. A discussion facilitated by Rev. Alison Eskildsen and Karen Solheim will follow. If you have questions, please contact Rev. Alison.
WHEN: Monday, March 4 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, and/or Thursday, March 7 from 10 am – 12 Noon (While the format of each session will be the same, all are welcome to attend both.)
About the book:
The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality. In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine).
Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.