LREDA Programming at the UUA General Assembly
New Orleans, Louisiana June 21-25
Dr. Robin DiAngelo
Sophia Lyon Fahs Lecture "What Does it Mean to Be White? Seeing the Racial Water Post-Civil Rights" Thursday June 22nd, 1:30-2:45
What does it mean to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless yet is deeply divided by race? Dr. DiAngelo will describe the way race shapes the lives of White people, explain what makes racism so hard for White people to see, and identify common White racial patterns that prevent us from moving towards greater racial equity. Weaving information, analysis, stories, images, and familiar examples, she provides the framework needed to develop white racial literacy. Although the focus is on white racial identity development, people of color may also find the analysis valuable as it is one that is rarely affirmed or provided in mainstream society.
"Nothing to Add: The Role of White Silence in Racial Discussions" Thursday June 22nd, 3:15-4:30
Many white people fear taking up too much space or saying the wrong thing in cross-racial discussions. They may be introverts or need time to process. Perhaps the concepts under discussion are new to them. For these various reasons, we often choose to play it safe and hold back. This session will look at how white silence and the various rationals for it function in dialogues, and offer an anti-racist response.
"White Fragility" Thursday June 22nd, 5:00-6:15
White people in the U.S. live in an insular, racially privileged social environment that builds our expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering our tolerance for racial stress. I term this lack of racial stamina “White Fragility.” White Fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves, including argumentation, invalidation, silence, withdrawal and claims of being “attacked” and not feeling “safe.” This workshop will overview white fragility and provide the perspectives and skills needed for white people to build their racial stamina and create more racially just practices.
Dr. Robin DiAngelo is a former Associate Professor of Education. She is a two-time winner of the Student's Choice Award for Educator of the Year from the University of Washington. Her scholarship is in White Racial Identity and Race Relations. In addition to her academic work, Dr. DiAngelo has extensive experience as a workplace consultant in issues of race relations and racial justice. She was appointed to co-design the City of Seattle's Race & Social Justice Initiative Training. She has numerous publications and 3 books, including, “What Does it Mean to be White? Developing White Racial Literacy. Her work on White Fragility has influenced the national dialogue on race and been featured in Alternet, Salon, NPR, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate and Colorlines.
With hearty thanks to the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and the UUA Faith Development Office for co-sponsoring Dr. DiAngelo's events at UUA GA.
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