Friday, August 19, 2016

Imagine if Seattle Was Offering

A class about black criminality?  8/18/16 U.K. Daily Mail:
An academic and author is offering courses for white people teaching them how to cope with their 'white fragility' - and tickets for the lectures have sold out.The City of Seattle is offering the class through its Office of Arts and Culture, with Dr. Robin DiAngelo taking students through the course.The workshops, which cost $60 to attend and had its first four-hour session on Wednesday night, focus on: 'the specific way that racism manifests through White Fragility and provides the perspectives and skills needed for white people to have more constructive cross-racial interactions'.The Office of Arts and Culture also defines 'white fragility' as: 'the inability for white people to tolerate racial stress.''White people in the U.S. live in a racially insular social environment,' a description on its website reads.'Because these racial perspectives are so rarely challenged within this environment, white people have not had to develop the stamina needed to tolerate racial stress. 
'When white people are challenged in cross-racial interactions, White Fragility triggers a range of defensive moves including: argumentation, invalidation, silence, withdrawal and claims of being attacked and unsafe. 

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1 comment:

  1. I have no doubt that the content of this course is mostly poisonous nonsense.

    But... It is true that white people are less likely to interact with blacks than vice versa, and thus on average have less experience of interracial contact.

    And people in general have a certain level of instinctive xenophobia. Someone who has never had to get used to such contact can easily be wrong-footed in various ways.

    Some blacks (not as many) also live in "a racially insular social environment", and could also benefit from somde coaching.