A city-run class will be available to residents of Seattle if they want to learn about "white fragility." The course will teach attendees about why they can't handle issues of race.
Lecturer Robin DiAngelo, who coined the term, is teaching the taxpayer-funded class for the city Office of Arts and Culture. She defines white fragility as "a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves."
"By the way, DiAngelo is white," noted Todd Herman, of MyNorthwest.com. "But she doesn’t have any bias or fragility. And we’re going to pay her a bunch of money to teach a class on white fragility!"
The Office of Arts and Culture is funded to the tune of $8.3M of taxpayer dollars. There will be two 4-hour classes, on held on August 17 and one on September 7. The fee to participate is $60 and both classes are already sold out.
“A primary role of our office is to provide programs and resources to help the arts and culture sector flourish and many arts and cultural organizations see the ability to become more inclusive as a major step towards their ability to thrive,” she said.
White DiAngleo has studied "whiteness" as a career. She received her doctorate in Multicultural Education from the University of Washington in 2004 and became a tenured professor in whiteness studies at Westfield State University.