The Bowdoinham Public Library invites residents to take part in a community read of “White Fragility:Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin DiAngelo.
Following last winter’s presentation by Howard Solomon, there was interest in continuing discussions of oppression and racial justice issues. DiAngelo’s book, White Fragility, does this by pointing out that many white Americans do not want to acknowledge or speak about their whiteness and its advantage, or to examine their own racist behaviors and beliefs. As a result, many deny racism and its negative impacts.
On January 22, Library Director Kate Cutko, together with Bowdoinham native John Engler and other outside facilitators, lead a discussion of the book. It was a rich discussion where we explored our reactions to the book, its content, and shared some of our own personal experiences with racism and white privilege.
Two more discussions have been scheduled.
Sunday, February 2 at 2 pm and Wednesday morning, February 26 at 10 am. Discussions are held in the Coombs Municipal Building – Kendall Room. Child care will be provided for the Sunday discussion. Still time to read the book!
Books are available at the library and also via free download from CloudLibrary online. Call the library with any questions.
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