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: wpcjournal.org. 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.
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“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.
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Part 2: Racism isn’t a Binary Illustration
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:
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.
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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:
Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill (historical fiction)
Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Stewart Paton (Classic. Racism in 1940’s South Africa)
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.)
A Challenge to White Silence in Racial Discussions by Robin Diangelo