Episode 17

"White Fragility" Is A Completely Bizarre And Pernicious Book And It's A Terrible Sign That So Many Americans Love It


June 22nd, 2020

53 mins 35 secs

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About this Episode

In the intro, Katie regales Jesse with tales from the CHAZ, Seattle's newly established anarchist-friendly autonomous zone. Then, in part because Jesse is obsessed and desperately needs to get a lot of vitriol surrounding this subject out of his system, the deeply masochistic hosts devote the entire rest of the episode to a dissection of one of the strangest books you will ever read about race, Robin DiAngelo's "White Fragility." Does Robin DiAngelo know any black people who aren't antiracist educators? Or any other humans in general? What are the details of her segregated-crying policy? Are there better explanations than "white fragility" for why someone dragged into a mandatory training at work and called racist by a weird lady might respond negatively to such an experience? So many questions! (CORRECTION: In this episode we wrongly state that a definition of 'racism' favored by DiAngelo was added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. As Snopes explains, this is not the case: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/merriam-webster-definition-racism/.)

Show notes/Links:

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Blocked and Reported: "What a stupid f_cking way to have a really important conversation": Reflections On A Yearlong White Fragility Training - https://barpodcast.fireside.fm/bonus2

New Yorker: The Fight To Redefine Racism - https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/08/19/the-fight-to-redefine-racism

Chapo Trap House: No Crying In Raceball - https://soundcloud.com/chapo-trap-house/428-no-crying-in-raceball-feat-jen-pan-61520