“If you're a white person in America, you're a racist, pure and simple, and without a lifetime of conscious effort you always will be.”
— Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility
Reflection 1: Reading that statement, what is your reaction? What feelings (of guilt, rejection, defensiveness) emerge? What does that tell you about your current, or former definitions of racism in relation to yourself?
“Anti-racism is an acknowledgment of privilege in a way that, I think, simply disavowing racism is not. It takes seriously that we all are situated into different matrices of power and privilege, and the first step is to take stock of that and not to disavow it or invisibilize it.”
— Malini Ranganathan
Reflection 2: Take stock of your relationship with racism not as a concept that you disavow, but as a system we're born into. How have you personally benefited from the power and privileges that the system of racism affords white people in America?
White Fragility, a book by Robin DiAngelo