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Black Lives Matter: Antiracist Resources

Join the Office of Student Affairs, the Department of Earth & Environment, and the College Library for our summer book club! 

This July, we'll be discussing White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. Read on for more details on getting involved! 

Book Club Details

Who: Students, faculty, and staff are welcome! 
What: White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo
When: Weekly meetings, for 4 consecutive weeks, starting the week of July 6
Where: Zoom, of course!

Here’s the synopsis for the book:
 In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.

If you’re interested in participating in the club, please use this link to sign up and we’ll be back in touch with more details. Please plan to sign up no later than June 15.
We encourage participants to support Black-owned bookstores, many of which have copies available. Check this link, this link, and this link for lists of stores to check out. Digital copies can also be easily found via F&M's Barnes and Noble page. Finally, the College Library will have digital copies available to borrow through this link: White Fragility from F&M library
Thank you in advance for embarking on this important work with us! 

Watch Robin DiAngelo's Common Hour Talk

Being Nice Isn't Going to End Racism