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Parent Ed: Discussion on “White Fragility”

In line with our recent work toward making diversity, equity and inclusion a priority here at WMS, we invite parents to join us in an important discussion on the topic of “white fragility,” a term coined by author Robin DiAngelo, PhD, an anti-racist educator who specializes in Whiteness Studies and Critical Discourse Analysis.

She defines “white fragility” as: “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 and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue.”

Her New York Times best-selling book, “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism,” examines the dynamics of white fragility and how we might build our capacity in the on-going work towards racial justice.

We invite parents to read the article Dr. DiAngelo wrote for The Good Man Project on the issue and to join us in a discussion led by WMS parent and author Amy Julia Becker on Tuesday, May 14 at 8:45 a.m. Amy Julia has led several parent discussions in the past, and she brings her experience as the author of a recent memoir about race, class, disability, and privilege to this discussion. (For more information about Amy Julia, you can visit her website. Her most recent book is White Picket Fences: Turning toward Love in a World Divided by Privilege.)