Like many of you, I’ve been outraged and saddened by the recent violence against people of colour, both in the U.S. and in Canada.
One of the messages I keep hearing from racialized communities is that white people have work to do, and that work begins with self-examination. This could mean recognizing one’s own unconscious biases or trying to understand how white privilege contributes to sustaining racism.
This work is particularly important to me as a mediator in a multicultural society. Many of the conflicts I’m brought into have a racial component.
After reflecting on how I might be able to contribute and to do some of this work myself, I decided to organize and facilitate a group to read White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, a book that appears on many anti-racism reading lists.
My plan is for us to meet on line once a week for about an hour to read and discuss one chapter.
Rather than charge a fee to join the group, I’m asking participants who are able to make a contribution to a non-profit working to improve the lives of black or indigenous Canadians. (For example, Black Lives Matter Canada, Legacy of Hope Foundation, U for Change, or Black Legal Action Centre.)
If you are interested in joining me in reading and discussing White Fragility, please fill out the form on this page
Stay safe everyone.
About the image: Photo by James Eades, Unsplash.