The first steps in not being racist

Interesting article on Quartz:

“White fragility” refers to white people’s low emotional tolerance for discussing topics of race and racism.

The term was coined by Dr. Robin DiAngelo in a 2011 article discussing her experience with white people in anti-racism trainings. She defines it as “a state when even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves.”

What makes race so hard for white people to talk about?

  1. They’re not used to it.
  2. They don’t see it.
  3. Moral dilemmas.

 

What can a white person do?

  1. Build tolerance by consciously moving past the good/bad reactionary thinking and learn how to manage feelings of guilt and shame without putting up defenses.
  2. Resist your defenses and keep listening.
  3. Become an ally.
  4. Work to transform the system—not perpetuate it.

 

Check the link for the full explanations.

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