Book Club

You're Invited to Join YWCA's Quarterly Book Club

YWCA hosts a quarterly book club that focuses on social justice issues. The club is open for all ages and meets in the board room at YWCA. Light refreshments are served. Why would you join us?

  • “The act of reading in a community can help you read more deeply and better understand diverse perspectives,” John Coleman writes in the Harvard Business Review.
  • You read things that you would not otherwise read.
  • Some books need to be discussed.
  • As Joyce Carol Oates said, “Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.”

Next Book Club

On Thursday, November 19 from 6:00 – 7:30pm we’ll be meeting (virtually) to discuss Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism.
 

The New York Times best-selling book explores the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.

Registration for this book club discussion is closed. If you have any questions please email YWCA’s marketing and communications manager, Claire Lechtenberg, at clechtenberg@ywcacentralcarolinas.org.

This book club discussion is sponsored by Corning, offering a broad range of end-to-end fiber and wireless solutions.

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