Antiracism Book Discussion Class

1/5/2020, 12:00am - 5/28/2020, 12:00am at Online

Antiracism Book Discussion Class
January - May 2020

Join us in reading and discussing two very important books about racism: White Rage by Carol Anderson and White Fragility by Robin DeAngelo. The first five weeks are devoted to White Rage, which focusses on systemic and institutionalized racism. The second five weeks to White Fragility, which explores barriers to dismantling racism that exist on a more personal level. We have included both books in recognition of the need to dismantle racism through both systemic and individual awareness.

The class will have a Thursday evening section and a Sunday afternoon section to accommodate everyone's schedule. Each section will meet twice per month. Participants unable to attend their own section for a particular class have the option of attending the other section for that week.

Carol Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. The Washington Post has called this book "A sobering primer on the myriad ways African American resilience and triumph over enslavement, Jim Crow and intolerance have been relentlessly defied by the very institutions entrusted to uphold our democracy."

White Rage will be the topic of discussion from January 5 through March 1. A detailed listing of dates, times and topics of the classes can be found here.

Robin DiAngelo, a multicultural professor at Westfield University, coined the term white fragility to refer to "discomfort and defensiveness on the part of a white person when confronted by information about racial inequality and injustice."

New Yorker staff writer Katy Waldman asserts that "the value in White Fragility lies in its methodical, irrefutable exposure of racism in thought and action, and its call for humility and vigilance. Combatting one’s inner voices of racial prejudice, sneaky and, at times, irresistibly persuasive, is a life’s work."

White Fragility will be the topic of discussion March 15 -June 7. A detailed listing of dates, times and topics of the classes can be found here.

Classes will be co-facilitated by Myoyu Roshi and Lisa Gades. Please register to sign up for the class. There is no charge for the class, but free will donations are encouraged to offset the cost of Zoom and other administrative costs. Your donation allows us to continue offering programs like this. Make a donation here and indicate that your donation is for the Antiracism Book Discussion Class.