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We're excited to announce our third book of the year, "White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism," and hope you'll join us to read and discuss it.
Tuesday, February 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster Street
What's the book about?
Short summary: This groundbreaking book explores the counterproductive reactions white people have when discussing racism that serve to protect their positions and maintain racial inequality.
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, anti-racist educator Robin DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what can be done to engage more constructively.
Why should you sign up?
To read and discuss interesting and challenging books and have difficult but necessary conversations. To develop closer relationships with Evanstonians across race and socio-economic status. To gain new insights from people with different life experiences. To come up with action steps you can take to build bridges and make change in Evanston.
Is there a fee?
NO! Thanks to the sponsorship of Allie Payne, Mary Summerville, and their company Dreamtown Realty, and the co-sponsorship of Evanston Cradle to Career, The James B. Moran Center; and the YWCA Evanston/NorthShore, there is no cost to participate.
Where to get the book
The Evanston Public Library has limited copies of the book, which you can pick up at the second floor information desk.
You can also purchase a book from Bookends & Beginnings, 1712 Sherman Ave, Evanston. Thanks to their generous support, Dear Evanston book group participants will receive 15 percent off their purchase. Bookends & Beginnings has also donated five books for anyone who isn't able to buy one. Please email DearEvanston@gmail.com and we'll make sure you get a copy.
But NO later than February 5 at 5 p.m.