Diverse Customer : Reading List : White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
| White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk |
About Racism: Robin DiAngelo, Image: Amazon.com
No, this isn't another rant on wallowing in ‘white privilege'! We do talk a lot about Racism and Privilege in our blog but this isn't like we are resorting to generalizing behaviors. On the contrary, we recommend this book because it offers insights that are persuasively argued. Insight on how to talk about racial equity in a productive way and not squirm away to defensive mode. We also read between the lines but in a good way especially duly noting that privilege (influence + power) can also be used for the larger good i.e. making an impact by using influence to change dominant behaviors and using power to change perceptions that may seem carved in the stone but just aren't!
Read the chapter: WHITE WOMENS' TEARS FIRST. We believe a strong connection to learning how to ask for and give feedback in the wake of the voices of “women of color” that get muted or suppressed or not treated more favorably.
A combination of issues is at play. Nationalism, Cultural, Fear of change, Scarcity mindset, and a lack of Interracial competence. The book points out at solutions that must be multi-faceted and steeped in historical and cultural context.