Sunday, April 21, 2019

"White Fragility", by Robin DiAngelo, would seem to demand white people today personally own up to their implied collusion with inherited racism

The Guardian, in an article by Nosheen Iqbal, gives a preview of the book “White Fragility: Why It's so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin DiAngelo, from the University of Washington. The book has a foreword by Michael Eric Dyson, from Beacon Press, 192 pages.

The book is concerned with the idea of institutional power, born of past colonialism.

She seems to believe that neutrality and the absence of mention of race by white people is not enough. She considers racism a “white problem”, and doesn’t consider “reverse racism” (by the radical Left today) to be racism.

Therefore it seems morally acceptable, perhaps, to hold up speech by people with past privilege until they step forward and will do something specifically about their implicit collusion with this problem.
This could become quite threatening.  White speech could be silenced until it will acknowledge this problem explicitly.  It could come down even on my head, as I almost never take up race or minority group status as such, and treat everything as an individual matter in my DADT books.

Update: May 28, 2019

There is a 2019 piece in Tolerance by Anya Malley et al "What's my complicity?" that also discusses DiAngelo's book. 

I see there was an earlier preview of this book Sept. 16, 2018 here. 

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