Peace Dale Congregational Church Community Book Discussion

With the recent murders of black people spurring marches across the country for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, an idea arose around organizing a book club.

Peace Dale Congregational Church invites you to a community book discussion exploring the topic of racism. We want to learn more about how racism is present in our country, our town, and ourselves, and what we can do to undo these injustices. We figured a book club would be a good place to start and that others might be interested in joining.

We extend the invitation to you below and hope you can join us.

  • In this book club, we will read White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo.
  • The meetings will take place on Zoom on Wednesdays, from 7-8:00pm. There will be five in total: June 24, July 1, July 8, July 15, and July 22
  • This book club is geared towards white people. Too often people of color are burdened with having to teach white people about the racism they experience. As white folks organizing this book club, we seek to take responsibility for our antiracist education.
  • If folks of color would like to join, you are welcome.

If you would like to join, please fill out this Google Form to sign up! Also, please purchase the ebook White Fragility. Spaces are limited.  Please RSVP by June 19th. Each participant is asked to join us with an open heart and mind. Please read the material assigned, prior to attending. On June 24th we’ll discuss chapters 1-3.

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

By Robin Di Angelo, Ph.D.

Dr. Robin DiAngelo is an Affiliate Faculty at the University of Washington. She teaches classes entitled White Racial Identity and Race Relations.  Her book, White Fragility Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, was published in June of 2018, and continues to be a bestseller.

If you would like to hear Dr. DiAngelo introduce these concepts go to:

https://bigthink.com/videos/top-10-2018-white-fragility-and-racism-in-america

 

  • White guilt is a roadblock to equality, says Robin DiAngelo. It takes race conversations off the table and maintains the status quo.
  • “How do so many of us who are white individually feel so free of racism and yet we live in a society that is so profoundly separate and unequal by race?” asks DiAngelo.
  • Stop feeling bad—that’s not productive. Instead, start doing something to dismantle the systemic racism that benefits you at the expense of others.
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