A Sociologist Examines the “White Fragility” That Prevents White Americans from Confronting Racism:
DiAngelo addresses her book mostly to white people, and she reserves her harshest criticism for white liberals like herself (and like me), whom she sees as refusing to acknowledge their own participation in racist systems. “I believe,” she writes, “that white progressives cause the most daily damage to people of color.” Not only do these people fail to see their complicity, but they take a self-serving approach to ongoing anti-racism efforts:
“To the degree that white progressives think we have arrived, we will put our energy into making sure that others see us as having arrived.” Even the racial beliefs and responses that feel authentic or well-intentioned have likely been programmed by white supremacy, to perpetuate white supremacy. Whites profit off of an American political and economic system that showers advantages on racial “winners” and oppresses racial “losers.”
Yet, DiAngelo writes, white people cling to the notion of racial innocence, a form of weaponized denial that positions black people as the “havers” of race and the guardians of racial knowledge. Whiteness, on the other hand, scans as invisible, default, a form of racelessness.
“Color blindness,” the argument that race shouldn’t matter, prevents us from grappling with how it does.
A couple of beliefs I have at this time (Summer, 2018) are:
All that is necessary for the mistreatment of other ethnic subgroups to continue is for established institutions, whether corporate or government, to do nothing when a person begins failing. In other words, giving someone an unrealistic amount of responsibility or work to accomplish may also be a form of discrimination, because when they fail to accomplish it, no reason need be specified except “Sorry, you missed the deadline. Next!” unless the person also takes the time to prove NOBODY could have completed the assignments.
And we all have a responsibility to bring teammates along with us, or at least this is what I was taught in school. In Elementary school, the class of students learned together and advanced together as a group; nobody was “held back a grade” except on very rare occasions. I think my parents were approached about the idea of having me repeat the 2nd or 3rd grade and they absolutely refused to do it because then I would be the oldest child in every class after that. I guess they felt it was unfair at a level when the subjects being learned were so basic, but this happened a long time ago and I may have forgotten the specifics. I did not get held back a grade, and many business institutions should now be “designed” or structured to advance groups of workers together for the morale of the team – we presently separate learning from work after college/university, and I think this is wrong.
The structures of our brains are not that different, and when differences are detected or determined, this is when extra intellectual support should be given to help each person past whatever difficulty they encountered. Males, females, intersex persons, transgender, I do not believe these physical characteristics should limit advancement and we should all rise together! The only exception to this should be if someone prefers not to learn a new skill or subject for personal reasons; could be moral, could be religious, might be a question of ethics.
All of society should have lower barriers to opportunity because PEOPLE are the investment, knowledge is the tool, and innovative thinking can be inspired anywhere, by anything, at anytime! This would be respectful of people and equality supporting in nature, rather then setting aside some privilege and selling it to the highest bidder!