Understanding Racism

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.

In January, Library Director Kate Cutko, together with Bowdoinham native John Engler and other outside facilitators, will lead a discussion allowing white people to better understand race and how to be accountable to the racism in their everyday lives. Based on interest, more discussions may be scheduled.

Come to the library for more information, or to borrow one of the ten copies of the book.


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