Yesterday I started a firestorm by saying that statues of the blonde-haired, blue-eyed Jesus-figure should be taken down just like the monuments of slaveholders. The problem is that for tens of millions of white people, it's necessary for that Jesus, that Savior, to be white. And it has been used as a tool of oppression for hundreds of years. It's a problem. Aired: June 23, 2020 The Breakdown with Shaun King
In her 2018 book “White Fragility,” Dr. Robin DiAngelo digs into unconscious bias--and why white people are so defensive when it comes to talking about race. Now as the book returns to the top of the bestseller list--as people seek to educate themselves--we are airing an extended version of her 2018 conversation with Michel Martin. Originally aired on September 21, 2018.
Dr. Robin DiAngelo is the author of "What Does it Mean to Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy" and has been an anti-racist educator, and has heard justifications of racism by white men and women in her workshops for over two decades. This justification, which she calls “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 outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation.
These 30 people have never met. By the days end, they may wish they never had. For one long day they'll be at the mercy of The Bitch, a retired American teacher. Some would say she calls herself this way for good reason.
For 40 years Jane Elliott (A Class Divided) has been running an exercise that has ignited controversy around the world. She says it lays bare the hidden truth about racism in white societies. Many disagree, some vehemently. Now she's bringing her extreme methods and message to modern Britain. She's about to divide this group. Her aim: Simulate a racist apartheid style regime.
Will the British people accept her regime or stand up to it? Does it reveal that we're all more racist than we'd like to admit? How Racist Are You? is a documentary investigating one of the most taboo subjects in society.