Strategies for Dismantling Racial Fragility within Public Institutions

Conversations about structural and institutional racism have become more sophisticated in the last decade, however, efforts to dismantle structural racism are all too often stymied due to what the educator and scholar Robin DiAngelo has named “white fragility,” or the inability of people understood to be “white” to understand themselves in racial terms. When faced with the reality of racial hierarchies within institutions, racially fragile individuals tend to react defensively, dismissively, and to re-orient the conversation around feelings of equality and meritocracy that often have little to no basis in reality. How do we combat racial fragility? This panel seeks to bring together people working in public institutions in an effort to move beyond attempting to “prove” that structural racism is a thing (it is…) and engage in the more challenging work of dismantling racial hierarchies within institutions.

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