Tuesday, October 22, 2019

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo - What are the ways of white folks?

White fragility is a truly generative idea; it is a crucial concept that inspires us to think more deeply about how white folk understand their whiteness and react defensively to being called to account for how that whiteness has gone under the radar of race for far too long. DiAngelo is wise and withering in her relentless assault on what Langston Hughes termed “the ways of white folks.”

DiAngelo, Robin J.. White Fragility (p. x). Beacon Press. p.x

Today we continue our study of Robin DiAngelo's eye opening book about racism entitled "White Fragility".

What are the ways of white folks?

They are the ways of privilege which are taken for granted by the dominant group in American society which has a history of genocide in killing off the Native Americans, enslaving Africans, and oppressing other ethnic groups who are not perceived as being worthy of full citizenship and inclusion in the American society.

The ways of white folks include the denial of their discrimination and racism even though it is very apparent in where they live, where they work, where they go to church, where their children go to school, with whom they socialize, and how their criminal justice system operates.

For a higher level of higher justice to be obtained in our society white folks need to become self consciously aware of their ways and correct their abusive practices embedded in their socialization and social practices.

The first step in ameliorating racism is to become aware of its presence in our society, how it operates, what motivates and sustains it, and what can be done to rectify it.

Action steps:

If you are white list three ways you personally have benefited from your whiteness.

If you are non-white, list three ways you have been discriminated against because you are not white.

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