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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