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1/12] Assertions and more assertions, often ugly assertions, presented without evidence. And called “scholarship”. . . . . .
#CRT #WhiteFragility
2/12] When I started reading Critical Race Theory scholarship, I was frequently frustrated at the overwhelming prevalence of logical fallacies, correlation/causation errors, Kafka Traps and cherry-picked “lived experiences”. . . . . .
3/12] But what troubled me most was the assertions. Not the assertions themselves (Maybe they were true, maybe they weren’t. Let’s investigate.) But rather, that they were asserted without a shred of evidence. ……
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This series just keeps getting better.

Great conversation around the intersections of #mentalhealth #stigma and structural #racism and bring our whole selves to our work as mental health professionals

Definitely worth watching the whole 40 minutes but highlights for me... 1/7
1:40 - 2:15

"I'm more of a them than I am an us"

The "us and them" dichotomy in #mentalhealth professions.

4:55 - 5:35

"It was a sharing culture"

On a workplace that supported the sharing of #livedexperience and it's impact on the well being of staff.

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Anyone check out the #RVAProtests "112 Days" show on @CBS6 last night? You can watch it on MSN (linked below), but I did so you don't have to. Two big thoughts:
#Thread 1/…
First, the doc not great on repping protestors. Some efforts to give voice to protest, but probably not central figures. I get it - it's hard to parse, there's no "President of the Movement," and lots of folks probably didn't want to talk
But still - why so much freakin' Mark Holmberg? Why let him complain that protestors marched at Lee Circle but not Gilpin Court- and then ignore multiple anti-eviction actions?
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ATTENTION! There is a new definition of racism. The old definitions—by Webster, Cambridge, Collins, Oxford, etc.—are now OBSOLETE. Superseded. Please retweet to raise awareness about White Fragility and Critical Race Theory’s new definition. #CRT @HPluckrose #WhiteFragility Image
New definition of RACISM:

Prejudice + Power + Pumpkin

®️ = 😡+⚡️+🎃

Prejudice backed by collective Power, but only if the person is holding a Pumpkin.🎃

If he/she is not holding a pumpkin, then it is Prejudice but not Racism.

Retweet. Raise awareness about #CritcalRaceTheory
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Just finished #WhiteFragility, and among other comments, my most pressing question remains "Are those most invested in this interpretation of society attempting to sublimate their actual feelings of white supremacy into a type of racial noblesse oblige?" /1
At a certain point, it becomes difficult to see the difference between those who insist that white people have the advantage at all times and in all places and should acknowledge that privilege, and those who simply believe that white people are superior to black people. /2
The hairs on the back of my neck begin to stand every time I hear someone say "Even though I grew up [in a trailer park, poorly educated, in a dysfunctional home, etc.] I always knew I was at least better off than being black." /3
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When #race & #racism become the top priority for the church, preaching the gospel inevitably takes a backseat.
If your pastor is preaching or recommending the book #WhiteFragility - about how white people are #racist from birth / socialized into #racism from childhood & cannot ever truly rid themselves of that racism - it's time to find a new church.
Pay attn to what your pastors are preaching. Is it the word of God or the word of man?

Jesus died for ALL our sins - that includes #racism! To preach racism is the one sin white people can't be redeemed from is dangerously anti biblical.

#ProgressiveTheology is bad theology.
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@DalPres I want a public apology. I have waited 3 years and have dealt with on going repercussions for being an anti racist student from @DalhousieU. I am now a @Dal_Alumni it is time you own up. I do not want a subtweet. Stop dehumanizing me. #WhiteFragilityCanKissMyASS
This is ONE example of the types of harm I encountered. Because @DalhousieU chose to discipline me for challenging white supremacy and made white students feel uncomfortable due to their #WhiteFragility now you’re encouraging students to read this book @DalStudentLife @DalPres Image
Even after your disrespectful subtweet apology I met with student affairs and nothing came of it. @DalPres you need to deal with this. Florizone and a bunch of other admin out you in this position. I would suggest you correct it. If you don’t it’s clear you uphold white supremacy Image
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#FalseConsciousness & #WhiteFragility

”Joe, you hate Black people.”😡
–“No I don’t.”😯
”Yes you do, Joe. But you are UNCONSCIOUS of it.”😡
–“What a bunch of BS. I’m getting angry.”
”Anger is EVIDENCE of your Fragility."
–“F*ck you!”😡
”You are emotional. End of discussion."🤣
Apparently, this method is supposed to bring racial healing. 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
”Joe, you hate your mother.”😡
–“No I don’t.” 😯
”Yes you do, Joe. But you are UNCONSCIOUS of it.”
–“What a bunch of BS. I’m getting angry.”
”Anger is EVIDENCE of your Mother Fragility."
–“F*ck you!”
”You are emotional. End of discussion."🤣
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This is finna be a thread on the pushback against White Fragility.
As books on racism take over the bestseller lists, there’s inevitable debate about which books make it there & whether they deserve it. I commented on the critique re: “How to Be Antiracist” a few days ago. Now let’s talk about White Fragility.
I am a clinical psychologist, as is Robin DiAngelo. Never met her but admired her work for a good 15+ years. She’s been doing it since before it was profitable or popular.
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Soooooo much #whitefragility #whiteurgency #whiteexpediency Some have heard of #whitefragility.... let’s learn about white expediency ...1/
White expediency is the quality of being convenient and practical despite possibly being improper or immoral, resulting in differential risks, barriers, burdens, and benefits. Now what is white urgency... 3/
White urgency is the quality of being important that requires swift action that advantages white people and those proximal to whiteness while simultaneously disadvantaging and harming Black people and those amplifying Blackness. Now what happens when you combine WF+WE+WU 4/
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White Fragility: New York Times #1 Bestseller. Racism is a serious subject that deserves serious attention and a serious theory. White Fragility is not a serious theory. Retweet to raise awareness. @jondavidchurch @HPluckrose @ConceptualJames @GadSaad #WhiteFragility #Whiteness Image
Maybe @HueyFreeman3241 will read this paper and we can have a serious discussion 🤔 without ad hominems 😬and accusations that I'm a White Supremacist. Would be nice. 😀
If anybody is interested in reading the entire paper, it can be found here:…
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The New York times #1 Bestseller. Racism is a serious subject. White Fragility is not a serious book. Retweet to raise awareness. @jondavidchurch @HPluckrose @ConceptualJames #WhiteFragility #Whiteness #WhiteWomensTears Image
And another. Image
And another. Retweet to raise awareness about this illiberal, illogical, non-nonsensical, dangerous and divisive book. Image
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The Video Breakdown - #LaineyLui Confessional

(or how we can justify #LaineyGossip horrible past).

The bizarre McIntosh/DiAngelo lexicon used is intentionally meant to obfuscate and craft their own narrative.

I'll go through the video and translate what is going on...

At 1:00 pm the show goes on as "RECORDED EARLIER"

i.e. All Questions and #LaineyGossip Answers are carefully written out ahead of time.

This allows for many takes to get a perfectly crafted interview.

(hypothetical conversation in brackets below)


Melissa Grelo: At The Social, we do not shy away from difficult conversations....

[Holy crap, we have to do this because everyone now knows what a two-faced terrible person #LaineyGossip is.]

Melissa Grelo: (Lainey, go ahead and read your scripted statement.)
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Eight Big Reasons Critical Race Theory Is Terrible for Dealing with Racism - New Discourses…
#WhiteFragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves.…
In dit draadje; De achtergronden bij #BlackLivesMatter   en #WhitePrivilege. Alternatief is dit?
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@V8POW Robin DiAngelo is an #ethnomasochist nobody who got a frivolous PhD in "multicultural studies" at age 47, and is known for her "notable idea" of White Fragility,

but she is (was) so obscure that her wiki was near deletion in both 2018 and 2019:

#RobinDiAngelo #WhiteFragility
@V8POW On #WhiteFragility:

The WHITE FRAGILITY concept / phrase / meme / endzone-dance / soft-blood-libel.

2011: coined;
2010s: made rounds on academic-left-fringe;
2020: broke through with George Floyd riots.

Using Ngram and Google Trends data and more. Story in 21 parts (thread).
@V8POW (1.) The term "White Fragility" was independently 'coined'/used many times, and makes sporadic appearances in the 1990s/2000s in NGram but with all kinds of meanings.

One from 2004 refers to the 1994 OJ Simpson ex-wife murder but not related to the late 2010s/2020 meaning:
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I'll publicize it directly. Read for yourself and decide if this woman prattling on about my readers' "white complicity" in "white privilege" is in a cult and just can't see out.

It's possible to talk about these things in not cultish ways, but this ain't it. How? Simple:
1) Give clear, narrow, actionable definitions for the concepts that actually mean something and don't automatically apply to everyone (of particular races).

This is almost impossible for white privilege and white complicity, but not for white fragility, of all things.
One could define a white fragility that actually covers reactions to a perceived loss of status that real white supremacists face, or their inability to think in terms of other races' perspectives, but it would apply to a few thousand people now, not everyone.
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I'm thinking about all the kinds of support people relatively new to 'race talk' actually need.
One of the biggest steps that white people and anyone else new to conversations about racism can do is to examine #whiteness.
Of course, it's important to read and hear from Black people. But attention to grasping the comprehensive power and influence of #whiteness on our whole society may often be overlooked.
So here's a thread of resources by white and Black folks talking about this very topic! A great starting point is the podcast series #SeeingWhite. It's impossible to go wrong here.
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Peep this 4 part serious I wrote on #whitefragility in education and what we can do to build antiracist schools.

Here’s part 1:…
Part 2, What School Leaders can Do about White Fragility…
Part 3, A white leader’s reflection on addressing white fragility…
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I've been having the heartbreaking conversation with so many Black people who are dreading tomorrow and the Zoom calls or the ”How are you?” -

Your Black leaders and employees are not OK.

It's triggering to ask ”How are you”
I hope CEO’s & Executive Sponsors for Black ERG’s and other ERG’s

Head of Diversity and Inclusion have reached out and connected with your Black ERG leaders and your Black employees.

At the very least ensure all mandatory meetings have a ”No Video Requirement” please
The #Emotionaltax Black employees are going through right now is through the roof.

Many I've spoken to are feeling rage, fear, anger, resignation, exhaustion, defeat and more.

Be uncomfortable, put #Blacklives BEFORE your feelings @RachelCargle

It's the HUMAN thing to do.
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The way to win an argument by cheating is to willfully misrepresent an opponent's view to something objectionable. #DignidadLiteraria challenges systemic racism in the publishing industry but racism apologists insist we are mad at a white woman writing Mexican characters.
First of all, you are late. POC settled THAT argument years ago. Anyone can write anyone, but you need to:
which Jeanine Cummins didn't do+this is why we are in this mess.…

@djolder (previous tweet) wrote about it in 2104.

I weighed in in 2017.…

@alexanderchee added this in 2019…

Once more for the racism apologists: no one is saying white people can't write POC characters.
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#Racism and #WhiteFragility

Important question to raise.

Please read this entire thread, and watch the youtube clips. (Yes, I have watched all, and three times now). This is important if we are going to overcome our internal racism.
Animus is NOT a required component in racism.
#Racism is by-product of #institutionalpower.

#WhiteFragility preserves 'order' whether or not intended.
Important to remember.
#WhitePrivilege, #InstitutionalRacism manifests sometimes in the form of blaming the blacks. It becomes 'code word bonding' and wittingly or unwittingly goes to preserve the status quo. Knowingly or otherwise, it is #WhiteFragility.
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This is a July 2019 post.

This video also has discussion of some more topics, including #SystemicRacism, and discrimination against #women that goes well beyond Misogyny, in the context of discussion of #InstitutionalPower, and #Oppression.

Seeing White Fragility (By @RISE_District - April 2018)


Good for all to watch. All, including people of color. #POC _

All, please share with others. Send by email, post on FB, retweet!
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In clear prose, @BriannaWu takes us through the birth of today’s culture of public harassment which helped normalize Trump’s “politics” of the personal attack in @NYTimesOpinion

#gamergate was FIVE years ago
“I meticulously documented all of it — the death threats, the rape threats, the identity theft... I waited for law enforcement to prosecute the men who had threatened to murder me and other women... I waited for justice. I am still waiting.”
I missed that there was an impotent FBI report in January 2017. It’s not like there was nothing ELSE going on that month. *cough*…
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