Seeing the Racial Water March 25 at 1PM
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Seeing The Racial Water: A live presentation with Robin DiAngelo at The Clyde Theatre, sponsored by The Clyde Theatre and the Whidbey Island Racial Justice Learning Group
MARCH 25, 1:00 PM
Due to the volume of interest in this event, the Clyde Theatre is offering advanced tickets at the box office and at Moonrakers Bookstore. Get your free ticket any time, then make your optional donation at the door! Remaining seats will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.
What does it mean to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless yet is deeply divided by race?
In the face of pervasive racial inequality and segregation, most white people cannot answer that question. Robin DiAngelo explains that a number of factors make this question difficult for white people—miseducation about what racism is; ideologies such as individualism and colorblindness; defensiveness; and tendency to protect (rather than expand) our worldviews. These factors contribute to what she terms white racial illiteracy.
Speaking as a white person to other white people, Dr. DiAngelo clearly and compellingly describes how race shapes the lives of white people, explains what makes racism so hard for white people to see, identifies common white racial patterns, and speaks back to popular white narratives that work to deny racism.
Dr. DiAngelo is a former Associate Professor of Education. She is a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year from the University of Washington. Her scholarship is in White Racial Identity and Race Relations, and she has extensive experience as a workplace consultant in issues of race relations and racial justice. She was appointed to co-design the City of Seattle’s Race & Social Justice Initiative Training. She has numerous publications and books, including, “What Does it Mean to be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy. Her work on White Fragility has influenced the national dialogue on race and been featured in Alternet, Salon, NPR, PBS, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate and Colorlines.
Tickets are going fast, so pick yours up at The Clyde or The Moonraker before they’re gone.