“Stopping our racist patterns must be more important than working to convince others that we don’t have them. We do have them, and people of color already know we have them; our efforts to prove otherwise are not convincing.”
A very honest, very educational experience. DiAngelo allows us to accept that racism is “a practice not restricted to bad people,” but that racial prejudice and white fragility are a part of the social norm in America, and we cannot just pretend that other races do not exist or that racism is only for “the bad guys.” You don’t have to be wearing a KKK bedsheet to be a racist; and you cannot say you aren’t racist because you “don’t see color,” or you have “that one black friend.” This book says enough with the excuses--let’s just acknowledge that racism is real and here and now, and what can the white community do to improve upon their behavior? How can we educate our future generations to not adapt the social norms we’ve created post Civil Rights Movement? Very relevant, and extremely needed information right now! — Kirstin Swartz
"I was taught to treat everyone the same." "I don't see color." "My parents voted for Obama." When white people have the opportunity to think and talk about race and racism, they more often than not don't know how. In this adaptation of Dr. Robin DiAngelo's bestselling book White Fragility, anti-racist educators Toni Graves Williamson and Ali Michael explain the concept of systemic racism to young adults and how to recognize it in themselves and the world around them. Along the way, Williamson and Michael provide tools for taking action to challenge systems of inequity and racism as they move into adulthood. Throughout the book, listeners will find the following: - A dialogue between the adaptors that models anti-racist discussions - Definitions of key terms - Personal stories from this multiracial team - Discussion prompts to encourage listeners to journal their reactions and feelings - Illustrations to help concepts of white fragility and systemic racism come alive - Portraits of scholars and activists, including Carol Anderson, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Ijeoma Oluo, whose work is amplified throughout Dr. DiAngelo's theory of white fragility.