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White Fragility with Robin DiAngelo
Northwest African American Museum - 8/17; Langston Hughes Performing Arts - 9/7
Seattle, WA
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White Fragility with Robin DiAngelo
A 4-hour workshop focusing on the specific way that racism manifests through White Fragility. White fragility is defined as the inability for white people to tolerate racial stress, preventing them from engaging constructively across race. Using an anti-racist approach, the session will:

* acknowledge the historic and current power differentials between people based on the racial groups to which they belong;

* address the patterns of interaction that develop due to the dynamics of racial socialization and;

* provide the perspectives and skills for white people to create more racially just norms and practices.

White people in the U.S. live in a racially insular social environment. Because these racial perspectives are so rarely challenged within this environment, white people have not had to develop the stamina needed to tolerate racial stress. This lack of stamina is the definition of White Fragility. When white people are challenged in cross-racial interactions, White Fragility triggers a range of defensive moves including: argumentation, invalidation, silence, withdrawal and claims of being attacked and unsafe. While these moves are effective at blocking the challenge and regaining a perception of racial equilibrium, they are also damaging to people of color and prevent white people from developing the skills needed to create a racially just society. This session will overview the socialization that leads to White Fragility and provide the perspectives and skills needed for more constructive cross-racial interactions.

Dr. Robin DiAngelo is a former Associate Professor of Education. She is a two-time winner of the Student's Choice Award for Educator of the Year from the University of Washington. Her scholarship is in White Racial Identity and Race Relations. In addition to her academic work, Dr. DiAngelo has extensive experience as a workplace consultant in issues of race relations and racial justice. She was appointed to co-design the City of Seattle's Race & Social Justice Initiative. She has numerous publications and just completed the 2nd edition of her book, What Does it Mean to be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy. Her work on White Fragility has influenced the national conversation on race and been featured in Alternet, Salon, NPR, Slate and Colorlines.



Northwest African American Museum - 8/17; Langston Hughes Performing Arts - 9/7 (View)
2300 S. Massachusetts St. on 8/17; 104 17th Ave S on 9/7
Seattle, WA 98144
United States

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Minimum Age: 15
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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On BPT Since: Sep 23, 2014
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