Article | November 29, 2018
The Year of Truth: Talking about Race
Blog|The Rev. Canon Anna E. Rossi
As we close the Year of Truth, the Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young leads a book study on Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism. DiAngelo writes to help whites in particular take stock of our racial identities and work toward reconciliation and just social systems.
DiAngelo introduces part of the dilemma: “… [I]ndividualism holds that we are each unique and stand apart from others, even those within our social groups. Objectivity tells us that it is possible to be free of all bias. These ideologies make it very difficult for white people to explore the collective aspects of the white experience” (9).
As Christians in this community, we strive to be curious about the truth of who we are, who God is, and how to serve the spirit of Grace that binds us together. Race, while having no basis in biology, is nevertheless one of the strongest forces shaping our society and experience. Join Dean Malcolm Young in exploring DiAngelo’s ideas, and expanding our capacity to perceive the truth about ourselves and others.