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'White fragility' in race discussions is focus of program

A discussion about "White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism" will take place from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday in North Presbyterian Church,  300 North Forest Road, Amherst.

The program will be based on Robin DiAngelo's best-selling book by that name, which explores whites' reactions when their assumptions about race are challenged and how these reactions maintain racial inequality. The discussion will explore some whites' insistence that conversations about race be comfortable and nonthreatening before they can participate. The goal is to leave both blacks and whites better able to talk about race with confidence, humor and humility.

The discussion, led by African American writer Nanette D. Massey, is sponsored by the joint Racial Justice Task Force of North Presbyterian Church and Buffalo's University Presbyterian Church. A free-will offering of $10 is suggested.

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