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

Perspective | During the high holidays, a rabbi celebrates her life as the only Jewish person in her tiny Michigan town

It’s hard to imagine that, before I moved here from the Detroit area 20 years ago, many residents had never met a Jew, let alone a rabbi. Now, much of the community has adopted me as its own.

Read on: Perspective | During the high holidays, a rabbi celebrates her life as the only Jewish person in her tiny Michigan town

I’m Jewish, and I’m white – Real Talk: WOC & Allies – Medium

Several days ago, white supremacist neo-Nazis marched in Charlottesville, distributing anti-Semitic material and chanting anti-Semitic slogans. Now suddenly, everyone knows something that many of us have known for a long time already: People in this country still hate Jews.

One result of these occurrences has been a flurry of think pieces by light-skinned Jews of European origin. These writers argue that Jews like themselves (and me) aren’t white, are only sort of white, or should stop thinking of ourselves as white.

Personally, Charlottesville didn’t change how much I think of myself as white. If anything, it only strengthened my reasons for identifying that way.

Read on here: I’m Jewish, and I’m white – Real Talk: WOC & Allies – Medium

Accomplices Not Allies: Abolishing the Ally Industrial Complex

This article is from four years ago, but I am sharing this because I know many people I know and work with are unfamiliar with the difference between ally and accomplice. I’m talking more and more about accomplices because enough with allies who parachute in occasionally, feel good about themselves, and never risk anything. To me, risking something is the difference between ally and accomplice. So I want people to know this term. Anyway. In case you needed this break down, here it is.

—tk

 

An Indigenous perspective & provocation.

This provocation is intended to intervene in some of the current tensions around solidarity/support work as the current trajectories are counter-liberatory from my perspective. Special thanks to DS in Phoenix for convos that lead to this ‘zine and all those who provided comments/questions/disagreements. Don’t construe this as being for “white young middle class allies”, just for paid activists, non-profits, or as a friend said, “downwardly-mobile anarchists or students.” There are many so-called “allies” in the migrant rights struggle who support “comprehensive immigration reform” which furthers militarization of Indigenous lands.

Read on here: Accomplices Not Allies: Abolishing the Ally Industrial Complex

‘Resist White Supremacy’: A sign. A farm. And the fury that followed. – The Washington Post

The owners of Cox Farms have always taken politically charged stands at their Northern Virginia property, but they were floored by the massive backlash to this one.

Source: ‘Resist White Supremacy’: A sign. A farm. And the fury that followed. – The Washington Post