Below is a sketchnote created from the text of an article titled Nothing to add: A Challenge to White Silence in Racial Discussions by Robin Diangelo. This doodle is a partial summary of a few points that stuck out during my read and I highly recommend reading the full article. The full text of the article that this sketchnote is based on can be found at: Here’s a direct link to the free PDF of the article.

Text and concepts are the work of Robin DiAngelo, author of the book White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. If you’d like to download a free PDF version of this sketch note, you can do so at the bottom of this page.


A sketchnote by Lindsay Braman of an article on white silence by Robin Diangelo


Text for the Instagram Post of this Image:

“White silence protects white power” – @diangelorobin There’s a lot of info in this doodle, but trust me, it’s worth zooming in on. I’ll post an easier to read version via the link in my profile in a few minutes (plus a link to the source article more accessible for text-to-audio users)

It’s been hard to process, think, speak, this week, but reviewing this doodle from one of my grad school classes helped me remember that to not speak is to use my privilege to collude with oppressive systems. So I’m listening, talking, reading, and growing through feedback this week. Check out my stories or the link in my profile for more info and resources I’d like to point you to.

Download the PDF: 

If you are learning, researching, and listening as you grow your capacity to speak up in conversations about race and social justice, you can make a meaningful impact in the meantime by supporting organizations on the frontlines of this work.
Donations will never replace the responsibility of white people, like me, to do our work in dismantling internalized bias and externally oppressive systems, but it can help further the work of others at the same time as we do our own work.
Some organizations on the ground in Minneapolis include:
A sketchnote by Lindsay Braman of an article on white silence by Robin Diangelo

Part 2: Racism isn’t a Binary Illustration

Racism isn't a binary, it's a spectrum

There’s so much I don’t feel qualified to speak to on this topic, and so many critical nuances that this doodle skips over, but here’s what I want to say from my own experience:

Racism isn't a binary, it's a spectrum

When my thinking about racism moved past a judgment-loaded yes/no binary, to an understanding that racism is a spectrum that we are all on, it helped me move from defensiveness (“that’s not me! No! Never!) to the capacity to be a better listener, curiosity about my unconscious biases, critical thinking about the ways my race has privileged me in many systems, and willingness to engage in the conversation- because if I mess up or get called out, it’s an opportunity to learn and move along the spectrum, instead of something to be ashamed of.

Download this 2 Page doodle as a PDF:


Recommended Reading

There are so many good resources for non-fiction anti-racist reading lists, including one from The New York Times, one from the  Center for Racial Justice in Education, and the Social Justice Training Institute. Part of why I am a believer in the power of stories is because I personally have gained valuable perspective through fiction and alternative nonfiction (like memoirs and narrative history texts). I’m including some of those resources below:

Fiction Books:

Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill (historical fiction)

Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Stewart Paton (Classic. Racism in 1940’s South Africa)

Alternate-Format Non-Fiction

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (memoir)

A Different Mirror by Ronald Takaki  (highly engaging book on aspects of American history neglected by most history textbooks- there’s also an easier to read version aimed at kids but accessible for adults at various reading levels.)

Other Resources:

A Challenge to White Silence in Racial Discussions by Robin Diangelo

Playlist of Ted Talks on Racial Justice 

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