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What’s Missing From “White Fragility”

African American Literature professor, Lauren Michele Jackson, questions the value of workshops like those conducted by White Fragility author, Robin DiAngelo.  She quotes DiAngelo saying, “To address whiteness properly, white people must ‘turn towards and away’ from whiteness, ‘turning towards…

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Mixed Doesn’t Always Mean Part White: Uplifting Non-White Mixed Race Identities

Among the points Lisa Hofmann-Kuroda makes in her essay are: 1) “Anti-miscegenation laws were not actually about preventing people of different racial backgrounds from marrying each other — instead, they were specifically about protecting whiteness from being tainted by “other”…

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Waking up to Whiteness, February 9, 2019

Psychologist, Dr. Nathalie Edmond is presenting a 3-hour workshop from 1 to 4 pm on Saturday, Feb 9th, Lambertville, NJ.  It is based on the work of Ruth King who is a queer woman of color exploring the use of…

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White People Are Noticing Something New: Their Own Whiteness

Emily Bazelon reviews the development of the concept “white” as she analyzes current discussions of the term and ideas surrounding it.  “For a long time, many white people assumed it was our due, as the majority, to encounter various racial…

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I want you to be able to look white people in the eyes.

In his essay, Sam McKenzie, Jr. discusses “reckless eyeballing,” which has both physical and psychological manifestations.  “[T]he consequences are clear. These consequences are internal prisons and dead souls. The penalties are in how we see ourselves and how we see…

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