Monday, July 6 at 7:00 p.m.
All are invited to gather tonight from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to discuss the first two chapters of Robin DiAngelo’s book White Fragility. Here is the Zoom link for this gathering. Below you’ll find some questions on which to reflect; we’ll have an opportunity to discuss some of these questions in small groups. Here are the rest of the dates and corresponding chapters for this series (you are invited to join at any point and to attend as many sessions as you are able):
July 20 Chapters 3 & 4
August 3 Chapters 5 & 6
August 17 Chapters 7 & 8
August 31 Chapters 9 & 10
September 14 Chapters 11 & 12
Reflection Questions for Chapters 1 and 2
Chapter 1: The Challenges of Talking to White People about Racism
Is there a particular passage from this chapter that made you uncomfortable? If so, can you say why? [from the author’s study guide]
“Individualism holds that we are each unique and stand apart from others, even those within our social groups. Objectivity tells us that it is possible to be free of all bias. These ideologies make it very difficult for white people to explore the collective aspects of the white experience.” [p. 9] What insight might this statement offer you as we consider systemic racism?
Can you identify some of the ways in which you were socialized into a particular racial group? How did some common aspects of society that DiAngelo identifies (“television, movies, news items, song lyrics, magazines, textbooks, schools, religion, literature, stories, jokes, traditions, history” [p. 11]) shape your sense of belonging to this group?
Chapter 2: Racism and White Supremacy
“Whiteness rests upon a foundational premise: the definition of whites as the norm or standard for human, and people of color as a deviation from that norm.” [p. 25] How did you respond to this statement? What insight might it offer you as we consider white privilege?
“When you were growing up, if people of color did not live in your neighborhood, why didn’t they? Where did they live? What images did you associate with these other neighborhoods? Were you encouraged to visit these neighborhoods, or were you discouraged from visiting these neighborhoods?” [p. 35]
“When you were growing up, what made a good school? Who went to good schools? Who went to bad schools? If the schools in your area were racially segregated, why didn’t you attend school together? If this is because you lived in different neighborhoods, why did you live in different neighborhoods?” [p. 35]
If you went to church when growing up, was your church racially segregated? If so, do you know why? Where did people of other races attend church in your area?
Here is the Zoom link to join the discussion on 6 July. Meeting ID: 815 3309 5399 Password: 727559