Considering White Fragility

From the Heart

In March I am leading workshops to study the book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo. These workshops will be on Saturday mornings March 7 and March 21 via online chat. See the online calendar for details on times and signing up.

Why pay attention to this book? Well, I speak often of our vision of the Beloved Community, introduced most widely in the work of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King. Along with Dr. King we envision a world with peace and justice for all, including very specifically racial justice.

Sadly, the reality of life in our world falls short of this vision. There are persistent patterns of racism that have remained with us. This is true even in our progressive denomination, as well as in the broader world.

Based on much study and reflection and prayer, I am convinced that the road to full racial justice calls for us to learn about a whole complex of ideas and tools to pull our world out of the grip of racism. This is particularly so for those who identify as white, as I do.

Dr. DiAngelo’s book is a good place for us to start. I invite all members and friends of our congregation to join with me in learning about the ideas in this book.

Best to all.
Rev. George Buchanan