Wednesday, February 20, time TBD
Dr. Robin DiAngelo video – speaking in Seattle for the launch of her book “White Fragility – Why Its So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism” 1 hour 23 minutes
She is a clear and direct speaker – well worth watching.
“What white people have to do is try to find out in their hearts why it was necessary for them to have a nigger in the first place. Because I am not a nigger. I’m a man…. If I’m not the nigger here, and if you invented him, you the white people invented him, then you have to find out why. And the future of the country depends on that.” James Baldwin, In the documentary I Am Not Your Negro (2016)
“Privilege is not in and of itself bad; what matters is what we do with privilege, we have to share our resources and take direction about how to use our privilege in ways that empower those who lack it.” bell hooks
“…The white audience does not seek out black public intellectuals to challenge their worldview; instead they are meant to serve as tour guides through a foreign experience that the white audience wishes to keep at a comfortable distance. White people desire a representative of the community who can provide them with a crash course. ….” Mychal Denzel Smith, The Gatekeepers – On the burden of the black public intellectual. From the December 2018 issue of Harper’s magazine
“…It has always bothered me that the very idea of paying attention to or knowing Indian history is tinged with the soft compassion of the do-gooder, as a kind of public service, like volunteering at an after-school program. If we treat Indian stories this way, we do more than relegate Indians themselves to history…you need to look at Indian history and at the Indian present…” David Treuer, Essay – 2020 VISION, In Harper’s magazine Jan. 2019 (from The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, published this month by Riverhead Books. )