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Seattle Offers ‘White Fragility’ Class to Explain White Guilt

Seattle Offers ‘White Fragility’ Class to Explain White Guilt

Man, white people suck so much.

The city of Seattle, WA, has offered a class on “white fragility” to white people in order to explain white guilt and why white people cannot “handle matters involving race.” From Fox News:

Lecturer Robin DiAngelo, who coined the term, is teaching the taxpayer-funded class for the city Officeof Arts and Culture. She defines white fragility as “a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves.”

Critics say it is just the latest attempt at spreading white guilt, following in the footsteps of concepts such as “white privilege.”

DiAngelo, a white person, is teaching the two four hour classes on August 17 and September 7. The tickets cost $60 and have sold sold out. The Office of Arts and Culture described the workshop:

A 4-hour workshop focusing on the specific way that racism manifests through White Fragility (defined as the inability for white people to tolerate racial stress) and provides the perspectives and skills needed for white people to have more constructive cross-racial interactions. Dr. Robin DiAngelo is a former Associate Professor of Education and is a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year from the University of Washington. She was appointed to co-design the City of Seattle’s Race & Social Justice Initiative and has just completed the 2nd edition of her book, What Does it Mean to be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy.

City spokesperson Erika Lindsay refused to tell how much taxpayer money was used to pay for the lectures:

“A primary role of our office is to provide programs and resources to help the arts and culture sector flourish and many arts and cultural organizations see the ability to become more inclusive as a major step towards their ability to thrive,” she said.

They want the culture sector to flourish by putting down white people? How does that even make sense?

Yet, this phenomenon is nothing new. Fox News points out that Portland Community College also used taxpayer money to fund similar lectures titled “Whiteness History Month Project. Mt. Hood Community College allowed Melinda Bullen, their Diversity Resource Center coordinator, to lecture on the subject:

Melinda Bullen, Diversity Rresource Center coordinator at Mt. Hood Community College, lectured on “white fragility.” Bullen, who is white, told attendees, “because of their position of privilege and accustomed racial comfort, whites will often display racial arrogance by denying, debating, trivializing racism or critical thought regarding racial conflict.”

Bullen also says white people need to be much harder on themselves. “Seeing yourself as well-meaning,” she said, “removes responsibility for your actions…good intentions are one of the great hindrances to honest conversations about race.”


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Do they also offer a class on ‘black fragility’ to explain black guilt for all those African tribes who sold neighboring tribes defeated in regional conflicts to white slave traders, and the Africans who keep slaves in the 21st century?

    Estragon in reply to MrSatyre. | August 19, 2016 at 6:07 am

    There are an estimated 1-2 million black slaves right now, mostly held by African or Arabic muslims. But the main focus of the Western White Guilt industry is outrage when black criminals who attack police get themselves killed in the process.

    This makes about as much sense as having miscreants like Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as nominees of our major political parties – which is to say, none.

    Instead of unifying the entire civilized world to end the barbarism of slavery once and for all, we indulge hucksters like Sharpton, Deray McKesson, and even fake minorities like Rachel Dolezal, Shaun King, and Elizabeth Warren as they invent subtleties over which to be outraged. And we wonder why we are on the “wrong track.”

    anziani in reply to MrSatyre. | August 19, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Having lived in the Seattle area for 7 years, I understand the stupidity of this woman. Get out of the Seattle corridor and most everyone else in the State are moderate/conservatives who use common sense and are normal. Maybe it is the water?

A white woman telling white people about racism. She’s stealing the culture of the black people. What a racist woman.

With my apologies to my brother and his family and all the LI people in these areas, but we really need to give the entire west coast to liberals along with New York and the northeastern states. There is no chance of harmony with those loony tunes.

Whew, I’ve overcome any shred of white guilt. I already have a PhD in common sense.

“Seeing yourself as well-meaning,” she said, “removes responsibility for your actions…good intentions are one of the great hindrances to honest conversations about race.”

How ’bout BAD intentions…???

    rabidfox in reply to Ragspierre. | August 18, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    By the same token, ‘good intentions’ are the liberals rational for just about any failure that their policies generate. Which is most of them.

    Estragon in reply to Ragspierre. | August 19, 2016 at 6:12 am

    The insistence that normal, everyday white people who do not discriminate against minorities in any demonstrable way must publicly denounce themselves and apologize for imagined crimes of thought or existence recalls Mao’s Cultural Revolution more than any other phenomenon in history.

    And since most or all of the academic advocates of such things are very thinly (if at all) disguised Maoists, this shouldn’t be in the least bit surprising.

      jack burns in reply to Estragon. | August 19, 2016 at 12:34 pm

      Right. This is Reg Guard Lite, an almost comical version but, like cancer, it could switch from indolent to aggressive. That’s why we are at the Rubicon re guns. If as it looks Hillary wins, we can’t turn them in even if mandated.

I never much cared about my race. I have 5 adopted kids, none white. “Whiteness” just didn’t mean anything to me.

All that has changed now. I am d*mn proud to be white. And for the first time in my life I am noticing that the great majority of the great contributors to science, math, the arts, literature and practically everything else are white. I used to not care about this kind of stuff. Now I do.

Congratulations “check your white privilege crowd.” I never would have been proud of my ethnic heritage without your able assistance. Instead of checking my privilege, I am going to flaunt it.

Racial stress? What about stress caused by idiots? Perhaps she should apologize for that.

“City spokesperson Erika Lindsay refused to tell how much taxpayer money was used to pay for the lectures:”

Do you suspect she knows this is a really bad use of money taken from taxpayers by force?


Yes, this just oozes inclusiveness.

I wonder just how much “honest conversation” these sorts are prepared to tolerate. I can think of a few good old phrases she probably doesn’t want to hear.

I’m also not too clear on what “racial stress” might be. Does it have anything to do with looting large-screen TVs?

The tickets cost $60 and have sold out.

There’s a sucker born every minute.

    Estragon in reply to rinardman. | August 19, 2016 at 6:21 am

    While I lack your certainty on the Seattle birth rate, there is little doubt our Left Coast is the world’s highest concentration of leftist, politically correct idiots

      jack burns in reply to Estragon. | August 19, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      The glass-half-full explanation might be that there are so many there because of dense electromagnetic field caused by the impending geological mega-event. The problem might be on its way to being solved.

The PNW is super saturated with these gender fluid head cases. Nothing remotely rational about them. If you hit one crossing the street, don’t stop.

Oh, please! This race card garbage, white privilege and white guilt stuff is all manufactured by social scientists to give morons like that woman a job.

Char Char Binks | August 18, 2016 at 6:43 pm

I bet it doesn’t take must to trigger her to go full Melissa Click.

The Lefts’ [class] diversity schemes discriminate between individuals based on their “skin color”. They exploit intrinsic bias to indoctrinate progressive prejudice for political (i.e. social) leverage.

Some us (white people) are darker than others. Does this mean our white guilt is prorated?

I’m so tired of these self-loathing fools.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Observer. | August 18, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    I’m more tired of being subject to these people because of their feelings.

    I’m very glad that in my working career, the only time I was required to go for white-guilt training was in the navy. Had I been required to do this in the private sector I’d have refused.

White Fragility?

Not feeling very fragile over here. The issues many Black people face in their lives, very many of them self-inflicted, were not caused by me and I have need to take responsibility for them. I’m not being defensive or antagonistic, I just don’t give a shit.

The whole world run by the HR Department.

Repeal of the 19th Amendment is our only hope.

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | August 18, 2016 at 9:12 pm

I don’t have time to watch the video, but “white fragility” sounds like the woman assumes white people are guilty of racism just because they are white. People defensive about that are “fragile’. It reminds me of a very interesting post Professor Jacobson did several years ago about a phenomenon called “kafkatrapping”. We’ve all seen it. See if this sounds familiar:

“Your refusal to acknowledge that you are guilty of {sin,racism,sexism, homophobia,oppression…} confirms that you are guilty of {sin,racism,sexism, homophobia,oppression…}.”

As you can see by this form of argument, there is literally no way to prove you are innocent. You’re trapped. The author gives several more examples of kafkatraps framed slightly differently. I will provide a link at the end of this comment.

Here is why the person chose to call it “kafkatrapping”:

>> My reference, of course, is to Franz Kafka’s “The Trial”, in which the protagonist Josef K. is accused of crimes the nature of which are never actually specified, and enmeshed in a process designed to degrade, humiliate, and destroy him whether or not he has in fact committed any crime at all. The only way out of the trap is for him to acquiesce in his own destruction; indeed, forcing him to that point of acquiescence and the collapse of his will to live as a free human being seems to be the only point of the process, if it has one at all.<<

That seems to be the whole point of social justice. To keep throwing around the racism charge and make you feel guilty just because you are white. To break your spirit and the will to defend yourself. Until finally you say, "Enough! I give up. What do you want". It's manipulative and evil.

The real goal seems to be to keep pounding on your spirit and will until you submit. Then they will have the political will to further rig the system against whites as they've done with racial preferences in hiring, applications to the best schools, etc.

Here is the link to kafkatrapping:

    “To keep throwing around the racism charge…”

    One of Alinsky’s rules:

    “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new.

She can’t teach that class. She is incapable, as evidenced by her pale skin. What was she thinking?

This the reason “dumb bitch” is still in our language.

Insane loony tune!

My god who pays $60 for this rubbish?

Insufficiently Sensitive | August 19, 2016 at 1:16 pm

The Seattle Times ‘news’paper hasn’t printed a word of this racist propaganda feat.

“White fragility” just screams desperation. The leftist can’t understand why whites aren’t signing on in droves to the theory that we’re the root of all evil.

Bring on teh crazy. I take it as a sign we are winning.

A_Nonny_Mouse | August 20, 2016 at 1:53 am

” Bullen also says white people need to be much harder on themselves. “Seeing yourself as well-meaning,” she said, “removes responsibility for your actions…good intentions are one of the great hindrances to honest conversations about race.” ”
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Seems to me that these anti-white pontificators have very limited self-awareness.

Would any of these women (and for some reason it’s almost always *women* who pound the podium and insist that the rest of us should hate ourselves and our heritage) consider turning those very same words around and aim them at themselves?

Specifically, in “seeing {her-}self as well-meaning”, our Social Justice Warrior does precisely what she pretends to abhor in others.

But, of course, THAT is why the Left INSISTS on double-standards: “When *we* do it, it’s good, fine, wonderful, justified, proper, and correct …” Yeaaaaaah, right.

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And one more thing: NONE of these shrews is interested in having an Honest Conversation About Anything. They just want us to siddown and shaddup while they rant and harangue and browbeat us half-to-death. Any human being who would voluntarily pay to endure such demeaning treatment should sign up for electroshock therapy instead.

thalesofmiletus | August 22, 2016 at 3:25 pm

“The tickets cost $60 and have sold sold out.” …to an audience of Leftists and Non-Asian minorities. Mission accomplished!

I am white, and my family actually DID own slaves.
I have no guilt over something that happened over 150 years before I was born.

Um, well..