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White Fragility Is Alive & Well

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As a devastating history of racism repeats itself in violence and exclusion for black citizens, we will be exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when discussing racism that serve to protect their positions and maintain racial inequality. In this study group, based on the book White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo (Beacon Press, 2018), we will try to understand that racism as a practice is not restricted to ‘bad people.’ DiAngelo has noticed that white people are sensationally, histrionically bad at discussing racism. They show predictable patterns: they will insist that they “were taught to treat everyone the same,” that they are “color-blind.” DiAngelo coined the term “white fragility” to describe the disbelieving defensiveness that white people exhibit when their ideas about race and racism are challenged. The author examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what can be done to engage more constructively. Hopefully this study group will allow us to learn more about ourselves and others, leading to a better understanding of the issue of racism in our country.

Class Details

4 Sessions
Weekly - Thu

500 Davis Center

MultipleInstructor :
1.Phyllis Reynolds2.Mary Jo Huck 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
1/16/2020 - 2/6/2020 Weekly - Thu 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM Evanston, 500 Davis Center  Map Mary Jo Huck  ; Phyllis Reynolds  ClassRoom