Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Helpers - Dr. Anne Hallward


Psychiatrist Dr. Anne Hallward is interviewed in the January, 2019 issue of The Sun magazine. She is one of the helpers.

Dr. Hallward mentions Robin Diangelo's book White Fragility in answer to one of the questions she is asked about cultural bias.

Amoroso: Do you feel ashamed of your own cultural bias?
Hallward: Sometimes, yes. You know the truism: we always teach what we most need to learn. I’m ignorant in so many ways. I have blind spots shaped by racism, classism, elitism, straight privilege, and so on. But I trust myself to see my bias when it’s pointed out to me, to acknowledge it, to learn what I need to learn, and to undo it where I can. Punishing myself does not help. White people’s fear of being seen as bad — what Robin DiAngelo calls “white fragility” — fosters avoidance of the topic and therefore contributes to racism.
",,,avoidance of the topic ...contributes to racism."
Unitarian Univeralists covenant together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. When white UUs apply this principle to the topic of racism they are less fragile than they might have been. Learning about the beliefs, values, and practices of white fragility helps sanctify the world and help people become holy.

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