A Sociologist Examines the “White Fragility” That Prevents White Americans from Confronting Racism

Last year, UHS’s Understanding Whiteness group (faculty/staff affinity group) read and discussed White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo…and the faculty/staff of color noticed the difference. That, right there, is a positive review for DiAngelo’s book. If you haven’t read it yet, and you’re White, please do make that investment in yourself and in the people of color in your life (those who you know and those you don’t know). 

–tk

Robin DiAngelo argues that our largely segregated society is set up to insulate whites from racial discomfort, so that they fall to pieces at the first application of stress. Read on, here: A Sociologist Examines the “White Fragility” That Prevents White Americans from Confronting Racism

Why All Parents Should Talk With Their Kids About Social Identity

A new survey from Sesame Workshop suggests when it comes to talking with kids about things such as race, class and gender, many parents have work to do: Why All Parents Should Talk With Their Kids About Social Identity

An excerpt: “Kotler Clarke says, all grown-ups need to be proactive about explaining the differences kids see and making clear: Different isn’t bad. If children don’t get help from parents ‘and have to try to make meaning of different social identities [on their own], they may come up with all sorts of weird and strange reasons that people are somewhat different.'”

When Taking Risks is Good for Teens | Greater Good

Teens take risks. Some will do drugs, drink to excess, shoplift, and worse—activities that studies show are associated with problems later in life, including depression and anxiety.

But risk-taking is part of growing up, too, helping teens to develop independence and identities—to start becoming adults. Risks help them to find out what they can do, and to gain insight into the meaning of their lives.

So, if risk-taking can be both bad and good, how can parents and other adults encourage positive risks, while discouraging more negative ones?

 

Read on here: When Taking Risks is Good for Teens | Greater Good