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"White Fragility" Book Discussion Zoom Groups
As Missouri Bishop Bob Farr stated, “It is not enough to be non-racist. For those of us who are white people who follow Jesus Christ, we are called to be anti-racist.”  We invite you to participate in a 6-week study of the book White Fragility: Why It Is So Hard For White People to Talk About Race by Robin DiAngelo.  Together we will seek to better understand racism in America, our role, and how to talk about it with others.  All are welcome!  Books are available for purchase or to borrow.  Click the link below to get your copy.  Book will be available for pick-up at the Mid-County site.   


Tuesdays, June 30-August 4 (six sessions)
Time: 7:00-8:30 pm
Leader: Rev. Sean McIntyre, Pastor of Outreach 
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84918696426?pwd=R2RjWlVyNjh6cmFMTmhxd0k4ZC9PZz09
Zoom Meeting ID: 84918696426
Required Password: 925572
One tap mobile: +13126266799, 84918696426# ,1#925572# US (Chicago)
Dial: +1-312-626-6799

Thursdays, July 2-August 6 (six sessions)
Time: Noon-1:30 pm
Leader: Rev. Katrina Drew, Site Pastor of The Connection 
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87876908877?pwd=MUViMkRBc08vRUNmVTErM0xtckVaUT09
Zoom Meeting ID: 87876908877
Required Password: 658827
One tap mobile: +13126266799, 87876908877#, 1#,658827# US (Chicago)
Dial: 1-312-626-6799

The recent killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd have brought heightened awareness of the racial inequality and injustices that exist in our nation. Salem is offering a series of online study groups to explore Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility: Why it is So Hard for White People to Talk About Race.

As Missouri Bishop Bob Farr stated, “It is not enough to be non-racist.  For those of us who are white people who follow Jesus Christ, we are called to be anti-racist.”  Participating in this six-week book study will help us to examine our racial identity, understanding the history of racism in America, and process the complicated emotions that arise when we talk about race.

These learning opportunities are welcome to everyone, newcomers included! You do not need to register… just join us!

About the Author:
Dr. Robin DiAngelo is an academic, lecturer, and author and has been a consultant and trainer on issues of racial and social justice for more than twenty years. She formerly served as a tenured professor of multicultural education at Westfield State University. Many of us have encountered roadblocks to discussing racial justice within majority white congregations and communities. In her book, DiAngelo provides language to understand the various reactions that white people have when race is discussed.

“White Fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium” says DiAngelo.

Purchase/Borrow the Book:
We will be using Robin Diangelo’s book White Fragility: Why it’s hard for white people to talk about racism. The paper version of the White Fragility book is back ordered from most local and online bookstores. Cokesbury (the Methodist Online Bookstore) is expecting to have copies available by June 11. You can also purchase an eBook version, listen to the audio book version with Audible, or borrow a copy from your local library (if available).

Watch Video from Author

Prior to class, we highly encourage everyone to watch this short video from the author.

Questions & Answers

Do I need to pre-register?  NO

Do I need to be a member of Salem (or The Connection) to participate?  NO. All are welcome!

Can I hop between the two group times as my schedule permits?  Absolutely! 

How do I Participate?  Everyone is welcome to participate in any of these online classes or groups.  The classes and groups are meeting through a free website/app called ZOOM.  You can use your phone, tablet or personal computer. If you are connecting from your computer, you will just go to the website. If you are using your smartphone or tablet, you will need to download the ZOOM app (it’s free).

It’s easy!  Follow these step by step instructions.
1. Go to Zoom.com, a few minutes before your study begins.
2. Click the button in the upper right corner that says “JOIN A MEETING.”
3. Enter the Zoom Required Meeting ID and Password