Video: Launch of White fragility: Why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism by Robin DiAngelo

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White fragility: Why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism by Robin DiAngelo was launched on Wednesday, 13 November 2019 at The Book Lounge, Cape Town. Robin was interviewed by Ruben Richards.

Robin DiAngelo (Photo: Menán van Heerden)

About the book

Title: White fragility: Why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism
Author: Robin DiAngelo
Publisher: Penguin Random House
ISBN: 9780141990569

A practical, crystallising guide for how white people can change the way they communicate and fight racism.
 
Anger. Fear. Guilt. Denial. Silence. These are the ways in which ordinary white people react when it is pointed out to them that they have done or said something that has - unintentionally - caused racial offence or hurt. After, all, a racist is the worst thing a person can be, right? But these reactions only serve to silence people of colour, who cannot give honest feedback to "liberal" white people lest they provoke a dangerous emotional reaction.
 
Robin DiAngelo coined the term "white fragility" in 2011 to describe this process and is here to show us how it serves to uphold the system of white supremacy. Using knowledge and insight gained over decades of running racial awareness workshops and working on this idea as a Professor of Whiteness Studies, she shows us how we can start having more honest conversations, listen to each other better and react to feedback with grace and humility. It is not enough to simply hold abstract progressive views and condemn the obvious racists on social media – change starts with us all at a practical, granular level, and it is time for all white people to take responsibility for relinquishing their own racial supremacy.
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Kommentaar

  • The reason why white people are not comfortable to discuss racism is that they are always, one sided portrayed as the villains.
    In fact, it is stated that only white people can be racist.
    The argument is therefore stifled by imposing a precondition.
    It will be like saying that the only people that are thieves are Indians and that nobody else can be thieves. Now let us have an discussion about thievery.

  • 'White fragility', watter onsin tog! Sal ’n swarte drie jaar tronk toe gestuur word as hy iemand ’n 'white bitch' noem? Die broses is beslis nie die wittes nie.

  • “Change starts with us all at a practical, granular level, and it is time for all white people to take responsibility for relinquishing their own racial supremacy.” Is this a tacit acknowledgement that white supremacy is...

  • This white supremacy thing is really getting old now. Whites talk about racism all the time. They just don't say the things people like DiAngelo wants to hear.

  • If Whites will dare to talk honestly about racism, they will all go to jail. Whites are forced to be nice and friendly because there are laws that force it down.

  • Breytie, wat wil jy hê moet hulle oor rassisme sê? Buitendien, indien rassisme beteken dat iemand van die een ras nie van die ander ras hou nie is dit mos ’n kwessie van smaak en voorkeur of hoe? Hoeveel wittes het jy al sien rondloop met plakkate wat sê 'Kill All Blacks'? Geen, daar's buitendien ’n wet daarteen. En tog, daar's talle foto's van swartes met plakkate wat sê 'Kill all Whites'. Mag swartes nie van wittes hou nie maar wittes word nie toegelaat om nie van swartes te hou nie, lyk dit my. Nog ’n buitendien – daar's blykbaar nie iets soos ras nie so 'rassisme' kan dus nie bestaan nie.

  • Jan Rap, 'n man staan in Griekeland en sê hoe aangenaam dit vir hom is - om 'n rede wat ek nie durf herhaal nie. Die SA regering het die mag om hom daaroor hof toe te sleep en 'n allamagtige boete op te lê. 'n Vrou stap op 'n strand nà 'n gefuif, sy kyk na die rommel wat agtergelaat is en beskryf dit in spreekwoord-Afrikaans. Daaroor word sy hof toe gesleep en gestraf. Daar is baie, baie dinge wat blankes sou wou sê, maar swye word deur die wet afgedwing en dan word dit versoening genoem.

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