Group To Discuss Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism


A group of local residents wants to keep the conversation about racial justice moving forward in a positive way. The public is invited to join them weekly to talk about the book “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo.

Whites are often at a loss for how to respond to race-based stress in constructive ways, according to DiAngelo, as they have not had to build the cognitive or effective skills or develop the stamina that that would allow for constructive engagement across racial divides. The author refers to this as “white fragility”.

According to DiAngelo, white fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium.

DiAngelo’s book explicates the dynamics of white fragility, and how we might build our capacity in the on-going work towards racial justice.

The Vermilion group has both morning and evening meetings to suit your schedule. They get together outside with social distancing at the United Church of Christ, Congregational, 990 State Street.

Lori Ozmun leads these casual conversations. Call the church at (440) 967-5212 for details.