Episode 42: Confronting White Fragility and Shifting Racial Consciousness, with Dr. Robin DiAngelo

Robin DiAngeloDr. Robin DiAngelo is a lecturer at the University of Washington, and is actively engaged in ant-racism work within and outside academic settings. She coined the term ‘White Fragility’ in an essay of the same name published in 2011. In this episode she and Eric talk about the turn of events that led Dr. DiAngelo to coin this term, what set of behaviors it describes, and what role those behaviors play in perpetuation white supremacy in the United States. They also talk about strategies for engaging with people exhibiting white fragility in an attempt to derail meaningful conversations about race and racism, how racial stereotypes differ for different racial groups in the United States, and how owning our racism is an act of liberation, among other things.

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