This is a rough draft excerpt from a piece of writing I'm aiming to publish. My first scratch at a title:
"Fragility, Facts, and Philosophy: The Postmodern Gaze and the Dangers of the Distinctions it Fails to Make."
I’d like to give Robin DiAngelo her due; she makes some valid insights. While this passage won’t begin to exhaust the conversation she has started, I hope they can serve to distinguish what I think is helpful from what which misses the mark.
There’s no question that white people – myself included (obviously), can be…shall we say, sensitive when it comes to the topic of race and/or racism. The hairs might go up on the back of the neck, we might get defensive, we might suddenly need a bathroom break, our eyes – as DiAngelo describes – might begin to glaze over a bit. Fair point. It’s a touchy subject – to say the least, and with the horrors of slavery, Jim Crow, segregation, and especially red ...