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WOODS HOLE PUBLIC LIBRARY: Social Justice Book Group
August 7 @ 7:30 pm
The next title in the library’s Social Justice Book Group discussion will be “White Fragility, Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism.” The discussion will take place on Wednesday, August 7 in the lower level of the library, starting at 7:30 p.m. Although the subtitle is obviously not applicable to this group, the author and educator Robin DiAngelo shows that the difficulty is widespread across the nation. She uses the term “white fragility” to refer to the defense of white people when challenged about their racism, a response which is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. DiAngelo shows what people can do to engage more constructively. Copies of this New York Times best-selling book are available at the library to check out. Likewise, there are copies at Eight Cousins book store for purchase. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at (508)548-8961 or visit the website www.woodsholepubliclibrary.org.