White Fragility is a vital, necessary and beautiful book, a bracing call to white folk everywhere to see their whiteness for what it is and to seize the opportunity to make things better now. DiAngelo joins the front ranks of white anti-racist thinkers with a stirring call to conscience, and most important, consciousness, in her white brothers. White fragility is a truly generative idea… an idea whose time has come.
Food for Thought Category: Systemic Racism Resource Center
The social justice issues being addressed in our world at this turbulent time are mammoth, reflecting long-standing structural and systemic racism. Privileged straight white males have been guardians of such systems, purveyors of it, whether intentionally or unintentionally, and have benefited from it, including myself. This is about the transition from Straight White Males RULE to rules for straight white males.
My Grandmother’s HandsResmaa Menakem points out that one of two things will happen now. Ideally, America will grow up and out of white-body supremacy; Americans will begin healing their long-held trauma around race; and whiteness will begin to evolve…The other possibility is that white-body supremacy will continue to be reinforced as the dominant structured form of energy in American culture. In much the same way Aryan supremacy dominated German culture in the 1930s and early 1940s.”
Racism and xenophobia are not new. And yet, this time, something feels different. We seem to have crossed a tipping point, one where enough of us, of all colors, nationalities, religions, occupations, and even political parties are saying, “ENOUGH. We will NOT let this continue to happen. We will do what is needed to transform this country and become a model of justice for our children and for the world.”
Many of us are working to discover what we can do right now to end systemic racism. One thing is to put our financial resources
Daily Good offer this compilation of resources as a starting point with the recognition that the work extends far beyond what’s included here and happens over the course of a lifetime. They share these resources as an invitation to join together in learning, taking action, and working toward individual and collective change.
The heartbeat of racism itself has always been denial. The sound of that heartbeat is “I am not racist.” There is no such thing as “not racist.” We are either racist or anti-racist. In each moment, one or the other. We either support policies that lead to injustice and inequity, or we are supporting policies that are leading to justice and equality.
Mindfulness meditation may hold the key to grappling with interpersonal racism, says Rhonda Magee, because it helps people
tolerate the discomfort that comes with deeper discussions about race. And it can help cultivate a sense of belonging and community for those who experience and fight racism in our everyday lives.