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Workshop helps work through stigmas that come with talking about race

White Fragility: helping people come together to talk about race
Posted at 4:05 PM, May 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-18 16:05:06-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — “White Fragility”.

It’s the title of a New York Times bestseller that one Buffalo woman is using to help bridge a gap.

Bring people “from both sides of Main Street” — as Nannette D. Massey calls it — together to have tough conversations about race that will help move our community forward.

She says that where we are as country today was a long time coming, and can’t be attributed to just one person.

“[President] Trump only took advantage of what was there, Trump is not the problem himself.”

She says this book doesn’t place the blame on white people for racism, but shows how the system in our country was made to disadvantage people of color.

A reader told 7EWN that the author Robin DiAngelo “doesn’t let you get stuck with guilt.”

“We are all wanting to have honest and thorough conversations about race,” said Massey. “But, nobody knows how.”

Massey is holding a workshop at North Presbyterian Church in Williamsville May 18th from 1-4pm.

She will discuss some of the themes in the book and talk with participants about how to speak about race more freely and why we should.