White Fragility [Book Review]

Why is it so difficult to have meaningful conversations about race and racism?

Find out an answer that you’ve probably never heard before

Here are some key messages from this episode

  • How Cognitive Diversity leads to better outcomes in groups and teams
  • How Diversity and Excellence are not mutually exclusive
  • Why Diversity is a necessary issue to address

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Here are some key takeaways from this episode

Whiteness as a concept and it’s relationship to racism

“The book argues that whiteness is a property, this is an important point because it draws attention to the social construction and the structures that create and recreate the system”

Why Racism is a system of advantage and not just discrimination

“Racism is a system of advantage that provides benefits and privileges to those defined and perceived as white

How ‘White’ people benefit from racism and find it difficult to discuss

“If you are defined and perceived as being white, you receive these benefits and privileges whether you are aware of them or not, whether you like it or not.”

Here are some resources so you can go deeper

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

White Fragility Reading Group Guide 

Robin D’Angelo Resources 

Fourteen Words

When the Irish became white: immigrants in mid-19th century US

Who Can Be ‘Racist’?

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