Our book study about Race, Racism, and Reconciliation will continue in January.
Our next book for discussion is White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. In this book, the educator Robin DiAngelo explores a phenomenon she calls “white fragility”, which she defines as the defensive moves that white people tend to make when challenged racially, which tend to be characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. DiAngelo makes the compelling argument that this posture prevents any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. This book examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.
White Fragility does a good job of challenging the assumptions of everyone who reads it, regardless of their background or where they fall on the ideological spectrum. It is a challenging, even difficult book, but it is also worthy of our time and careful attention.
The book study will resume on Thursday, January 21 at 6:30 pm. We will meet via Zoom. Please contact David Romanik if you are interested in participating or would like to order a copy of the book.