Read White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism and Discuss Race, Racism, and Education with Other Educators
Who: All North Coast and Skeena educators are welcome to participate (including public, independent, First Nation, and Band school educators).
Please note: All North Coast and Skeena educators are welcome and invited. Please do note that the central book of the study is written from a white person’s perspective and speaks directly to white people about the role of whiteness in racism. The book group study guide often specifically asks white readers to respond to the book from their perspective as a white person.
What: Read and discuss White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. Participants will share other articles and texts to widen the discussion from a range of perspectives. We will discuss white privilege, racism, how white people discuss and think about racism, and ways to counter racism in our work as educators.
Where: Meetings are via Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed to participants.
When: Starts Tuesday October 6, 2020, every other Tuesday for six sessions, from 7:30-8:30 PM each session (it is okay if you join later in the series or if you miss sessions).
PDF: Download the flier (PDF) here.
- October 6, 2020
- October 20, 2020
- November 3, 2020
- November 17, 2020
- December 1, 2020
- December 15, 2020
- Email email@example.com for the Zoom information and links.
- Order the book in advance of the first session. You can order from any bookseller.
- Strong Nations is a BC-based bookseller specializing in Indigenous books resources and may have copies of the book in stock: Click here to visit their website.
- Learn more about structural and systematic racism in North America.
- Discuss why white people often avoid or undermine discussion about racism and hear what others have to say about this topic.
- Apply the ideas and information in “White Fragility” (a book by a white American author) to the Canadian and northern BC contexts.
- Develop your own sense of how to discuss and respond to racism in your life, classroom, school, and community – including your own role (if you are a white person) in continuing racism and colonialism.
About the Book
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 behaviours including argumentation and silence. These behaviours, 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.
Book Group Resources
The publisher’s book group study guide and other resources will been posted here soon.