Our country was built, in part, on racism. Though most white people acknowledge this history, many believe that it's behind us. White fragility - a concept created and explained by Robin DiAngelo - explains how white people are socialized to never explore how racism truly impacts people of color or themselves. It also explains behaviors that white people use when we're uncomfortable with conversations about racism and race. Just as racism is woven throughout our country, it's woven through organizations that serve survivors. When white people can't talk about racism our organizations are limited in how they authentically support survivors. This workshop explores the concept of white fragility and how it impacts our advocacy. We'll create personal goals and organizational strategies to highlight and eliminate white fragility.
1. Define and discuss what white fragility is
2. Explore the ways that white fragility shows up in organizations and teams, with a special emphasis on organizations that serve survivors of sexual and domestic violence
3. Consider and make personal goals for how, as white people, we’ll address the white fragility that we experience
4. Create strategies to proactively address, highlight, and eliminate white fragility in our organizations