‘White Fragility’ Discussion to Start July 24

There’s still time to sign up for reading and discussing Robin DiAngelo’s thought-provoking White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism.

The summer version of these sessions will be offered on Wednesday evenings, July 24 and 31, and Wednesday, August 7 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Anti-racist educator Robin DiAngelo first coined the term “white fragility” in 2011, and since then it’s been invoked by critics from Samantha Bee to Charles Blow.

“White fragility” refers to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially. These include emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors including argumentation and silence.

DiAngelo unpacks white fragility, explaining the underlying sociological phenomena. She draws on examples from her work and scholarship, as well as from the culture at large, to address these fundamental questions: How does white fragility develop? What does it look like? How is it triggered? What can we do to move beyond white fragility and engage more constructively?

Sign up and purchase a copy of the book at a discount here.