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What can white people do to solve seemingly intractable issues of racial injustice? This question has been posed to me, a Black woman, more times than I can count.

Over the years, I've come to see that unresolved racial issues are framed as if they belong to the realm of people of color, especially Black people. This explains why white people ask people of color to provide them with solutions.

I've also come to see that until white people begin to see the role they play in creating and maintaining unresolved racial issues, it is unlikely the United States will heal. Racism is a national problem that affects the entire nation. It therefore warrants the attention of the entire nation -- not just people of color.

Author and anti-racist lecturer Robin DiAngelo travels the country speaking and teaching on this issue. In this nine minute interview, DiAngelo sheds light on racism and white fragility.

The list of resources included at the bottom of this post was emailed to the publisher of the LA Progressive by Kevin Brown, Director of Development and Alumni Relations for Los Angeles City College Foundation during the civil unrest that erupted after the May 25, 2020 police lynching of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN.

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  • Films and TV series to watch:
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  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
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  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax
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  • 1971 (Johanna Hamilton) - YouTube - Available to rent
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  • Resources for white parents to raise anti-racist children:
  • Books: Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: books for children and young adults 31 Children's books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance
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