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White Fragility: A FAN Webinar with Robin DiAngelo, Ph.D.
06/12/2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
In her 2018 New York Times bestselling book “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism,” University of Washington Education Professor Robin DiAngelo, Ph.D. explores the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged. In her view, people in North America live in a social environment that protects and insulates them from race-based stress. This insulated environment of racial protection builds white expectations for racial comfort, while at the same time lowering the ability to tolerate racial stress. Racial stress results from an interruption to what is racially familiar. In turn, whites are often at a loss for how to respond in constructive ways, as they have not had to build the cognitive or affective skills or develop the stamina that would allow for constructive engagement across racial divides, leading to what Dr. DiAngelo refers to as “white fragility.” White fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium.
Dr. DiAngelo will be interviewed by Marcus Campbell, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent/Principal of Evanston Township High School. Neither audience Q&A nor chat will be enabled for this event.