In this talk, race and social justice educator Robin DiAngelo helps audiences understand the dynamics of White Fragility, how we come to engage in them, and how we can move beyond them. Based on her #1 New York Times bestselling book White Fragility: Why Its So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, Dr. DiAngelo helps audiences and organizations develop an antiracist framework based on education, self-awareness, and engaged practice.
Seeing the Racial Water
Dr. DiAngelo takes participants through topics including white socialization, systemic racism and the specific ways racism manifests for white progressives. This talk combines lecture, structured reflection, and small group discussion designed to provide a comprehensive system analysis and identify personal complicity. It is an excellent and powerful foundational training that presents an undeniable perspective on the systemic nature of Racism and the need for a systemic remedy. Formats: keynote presentation, moderated discussion, or an expanded workshop.
Building on the groundwork laid in the New York Times bestseller White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo explores how a culture of niceness inadvertently promotes racism in her new book Nice Racism
In her bestseller and talks on White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo explained how racism is a system into which all white people are socialized and challenged the belief that racism is a simple matter of good people versus bad. DiAngelo also made a provocative claim: white progressives cause the most daily harm to people of color. In Nice Racism, her follow-up work, she explains how they do so. Drawing on her background as a sociologist and over 25 years working as an anti-racist educator, she picks up where White Fragility left off and moves the conversation forward.
Writing directly to white people as a white person, DiAngelo identifies many common white racial patterns and breaks down how well-intentioned white people unknowingly perpetuate racial harm. DiAngelo explains how spiritual white progressives seeking community by co-opting Indigenous and other groups’ rituals create separation, not connection. She challenges the ideology of individualism and explains why it is OK to generalize about white people, and she demonstrates how white people who experience other oppressions still benefit from systemic racism. Writing candidly about her own missteps and struggles, she models a path forward, encouraging white readers to continually face their complicity and embrace courage, lifelong commitment, and accountability.
Nice Racism is an essential work for any white person who recognizes the existence of systemic racism and white supremacy and wants to take steps to align their values with their actual practice. BIPOC readers may also find the “insiders” perspective useful for navigating whiteness.
VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING: The #1 New York Times bestselling author of White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism, Robin DiAngelo is widely considered an essential guide to overcoming racism
ROBIN DIANGELO is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism, which has been on the bestseller list for two years and been translated into multiple languages. Her research has been the subject of conversations taking place in business and organizations around the world and is widely considered an essential guide to addressing racism. In her talks, Dr. Robin DiAngelo dissects issues of racial and social justice and supports individuals and teams in developing an antiracist framework built on awareness, education, honest self-reflection and cross-racial dialogue. People value her approach because she’s able to bring what has traditionally been an incredibly challenging conversation to the fore and allow teams to have constructive discussions that improve outcomes. Her talks can be standalone keynote presentations or combine lecture, structured reflection, and small group discussions designed to provide comprehensive system analysis and change. In this PBS interview, Dr. DiAngelo brilliantly shares about her work on racism, racial justice, and how the work of challenging racism is on-going. In recognition of this, Dr. DiAngelo asks that organizations make a commitment to creating more racially-just policies, practices, and outcomes by ensuring that there is a follow-up plan in place to support her visit. This plan may be through your in-house Equity Team, or via other consultants. For organizations reading her book, Dr. DiAngelo has a “White Fragility” Reader’s Guide that can be downloaded from her website. Her keynotes and workshops are brilliant, impactful, and receive rave reviews.
Dr. DiAngelo is an Affiliate Associate Professor of Education at the University of Washington. In addition, she holds two Honorary Doctorates. She is a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. She has numerous publications and books. In 2011 she coined the term White Fragility in an academic article which has influenced the international dialogue on race. Her book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism was released in June of 2018 and debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List, where it remained for over three years and has been translated into 12 languages. Her follow up book, Nice Racism: How Progessive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm was released in June of 2021. Her work and interviews have been featured on CBS, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Guardian, the BBC, NPR and PBS, among many other forums. In addition to her academic work, Dr. DiAngelo has been a consultant and educator for over 20 years on issues of racial and social justice.