Current Events Book Group: White Fragility

Led by staffer Jon Grand, this series will focus on contemporary issues, such as voting rights, health care, criminal justice, race relations, civil rights and the economy. Books will be selected to serve as a catalyst for discussion and each discussion will include recommendations for further reading. These online discussions are free but registration is required. Email events@thebookstall.com to sign up.

Our first selection is the best-selling White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for  White People to Talk about Racism  by Robin DiAngelo. We are thrilled that guest moderator Arica Schuett will join us to lead the discussion. 

About the book:

"White fragility is the secret ingredient that makes racial conversations so difficult and achieving racial equity even harder. But by exposing it and showing us all--including white folks--how it operates and how it hurts us, individually and collectively, Robin DiAngelo has performed an invaluable service. An indispensable volume for understanding one of the most important (and yet rarely appreciated) barriers to achieving racial justice."--Tim Wise, author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son

"The value in White Fragility lies in its methodical, irrefutable exposure of racism in thought and action, and its call for humility and vigilance."  -- The New Yorker

 White Fragility is a book everyone should be exposed to. With any luck, most who are will be inspired to search themselves and interrupt their contributions to racism." -- Shelf Awareness, Starred Review

"A valuable guide . . . While especially helpful for those new to the critical analysis of whiteness, this work also offers a useful refresher to anyone committed to the ongoing process of self-assessment and anti-oppression work." -- Library Journal

"A vital, necessary, and beautiful book, a bracing call to white folk everywhere to see their whiteness for what it is and to seize the opportunity to make things better now."  --Michael Eric Dyson

"A rare and incisive examination of the system of white body supremacy that binds us all as Americans. . . . With authenticity and clarity, she provides the antidote to white fragility and a road map for developing white racial stamina and humility. White Fragility loosens the bonds of white supremacy and binds us back together as human beings."  --Resmaa Menakem, author of My Grandmother's Hands and Rock the Boat

"Robin DiAngelo demonstrates an all-too-rare ability to enter the racial conversation with complexity, nuance, and deep respect. Her writing establishes her mastery in accessing the imaginal, metaphoric mind where the possibility for transformation resides. With an unwavering conviction that change is possible, her message is clear: the incentive for white engagement in racial justice work is ultimately self-liberation." --Leticia Nieto, coauthor of Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment

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. Author Robin DiAngelo is an academic, lecturer, and author and has been a consultant and trainer on issues of racial and social justice for more than twenty years. She formerly served as a tenured professor of multicultural education at Westfield State University.

 

 

 

Event date: 

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom event!
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807047415
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Beacon Press - June 26th, 2018

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.