Dr. Robin DiAngelo is author of What Does it Mean to Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy, and co-author with Ozlem Sensoy of Is Everyone Really Equal? An introduction to key concepts in social justice education. She is a former Associate Professor of Education, a Lecturer at the University of Washington, and the Director of Equity at Sound Generations in Seattle. She has been a consultant and trainer on issue of social and racial justice for over 20 years. She is a leading national voice on White Fragility and White racial identity, and her work has been featured in Salon, NPR, Slate, Alternet, and the Seattle Times. In this episode of the RePlacing Church Podcast, she joins me to discuss:
- What is White Fragility?
- On growing up white and poor
- Racism as an adaptive system
- Racism as a social construct
- Why she takes issue with the question, “What can white people do?”
- On the importance of facing your own racism rather than being primarily worried about changing others
- Why the church as a hard time acknowledging white privilege and racism
- The problem of the white savior
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Episode Song Credits: “Another Wrong to Right” by Mercir. “Closed” by Zadok Wartes. Used with Permission.