may, 2020

19may6:00 pmEvent OverVirtual Book Club with the Morris Center: White Fragility

Event Details

Join us for Book Club at the Morris Center. This month, we are discussing Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism to learn what you can do to engage more constructively. When you reserve your spot, you will be emailed a link for the Zoom discussion.

About the Book

The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged that serve to 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.


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