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Understanding White Privilege to Dismantle Racist Systems

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A protest against racism in Woods Hole, in June 2020.

On The Point: Talking about race can be hard, but anti-racist activists and diversity trainers say that understanding whiteness and white privilege is critical in dismantling racist systems. 

 

Protests over systemic racism, spurred by more black deaths at the hands of police, are happening on the Cape, Islands, SouthCoast, and across the world. Calls for change include asking white people to stand up and take responsibility for not only benefiting from, but helping to sustain, a system that perpetuates racism. A conversation about whiteness, white privilege and white supremacy.

Joining the conversation is Debby Irving, a racial justice educator and author of Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story Of RaceKathryn Eident hosts.

Here's a list of other resources:

 

21-Day Challenge by Eddie Moore Jr. and Debby Irving

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi 

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo 

Kathryn Eident is an award-winning journalist and hosts WCAI's Morning Edition. She began producing stories for WCAI in 2008 as a Boston University graduate student reporting from the Statehouse. Since then, Kathryn’s work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Cape Cod Times, Studio 360, Scientific American, and Cape and Plymouth Business Magazine.