How can we begin to look at racism beyond simply bemoaning the burden placed upon the backs of people of color but the work that whites must make conscious to face and overcome their complicity in it?
This year, our Lenten Study series will feature the critical work White Fragility by Robin Deangelo.
Deangelo writes: “White people in the U.S. live in a racially insular social environment. This insulation builds our expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering our stamina for enduring racial stress. I term this lack of racial stamina “White Fragility.” White Fragility is a state in which even a minimal challenge to the white position becomes intolerable, triggering defensive responses. These responses reinstate white racial equilibrium and maintain white control. Those who see themselves as ‘the choir’ can be particularly challenging, for we tend to focus on ‘evidence of our advancement’ rather than reach for humility and continually grapple with how to engage in intentional action.”
6:45 Light meal