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Conversations With Enrique Cerna

Race and White Fragility

Dr. Robin DiAngelo discusses how race shapes the lives of white people and why they have difficulties addressing racial issues.

January 13, 2017

Credit: Dr. Robin DiAngelo wrote “What Does It Mean To Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy,” cover art pictured. What is “White Fragility” and why do white people struggle with it?

Dr. Robin DiAngelo coined the term to describe why many white people are unable to respond to racism without getting defensive. DiAngelo is the author of What Does it Mean to be White? Developing White Racial Literacy.

In conversation with host Enrique Cerna, DiAngelo explains how race shapes the lives of white people and why they have difficulty addressing racial issues. From her research and years of diversity training experiences, DiAngelo shares her perspective on why racism is hard for white people to see and discusses racial patterns that present barriers to greater racial equity in America today.



Enrique Cerna

The son of Mexican immigrants, Enrique Cerna was born and raised in the Yakima Valley.  Enrique joined KCTS 9 in January, 1995. He has anchored current affairs programs, moderated statewide political debates, produced and reported stories for national PBS programs in addition to local documentaries on social and juvenile justice, the environment and Latinos in Washington State.

Enrique has earned nine Northwest Emmy Awards and numerous other honors. In June, 2013, he was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Chapter’s Silver Circle for his work as a television professional.

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