About the Book: Anger. Fear. Guilt. Denial. Silence. These are the ways in which ordinary white people may 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.
The term for this syndrome is 'White Fragility'. In her book, Robin DiAngelo argues that White Fragility actually serves to keep systemic racism entrenched in our country. She suggests a path for attacking racism through more honest conversations, listening to each other better and reacting to feedback with grace and humility.
'By turns mordant and then inspirational, an argument that powerful forces and tragic histories stack the deck fully against racial justice alongside one that we need only to be clearer, try harder, and do better' David Roediger, Los Angeles Review of Books
About our Book Club: Everyone at Beth El is invited to our book club. Please scroll down for our Meeting Schedule and Reading List.
Discussion leaders: We have a different discussion leader for each book. If you would like to volunteer to lead a discussion, please contact AdultEd@bethelyardley.org.
Want to read ahead? Here is the schedule of books for the rest of the 2020-21 season: Thursday, May 20 7:45pm A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage Thursday, July 15 7:45pm The Secret Gift by Ted Gup