On January 2, 2021, the New York Post published an article by writer Rav Arora, who is an Indian immigrant, titled, “Teaching ‘White Fragility’ Is Bad For Kids Of Color.” Arora appeared on BackTalk, Successful Black Parenting’s syndicated podcast and webcast for parents. Along with him was Dr. Nakia Hamlett, a psychologist whose research focuses on mental health and trauma in Black children, and Lauryn Whitney, a mother and Black child advocate. We asked the question, “Does teaching white fragility hurt Black children.” We agreed with some points from Arora but you will have to listen to know if we mostly agree or not.
Arora’s article references the book by author Robin DiAngelo titled, White Fragility. This book teaches white people how to discuss sensitive racial issues through adapting behaviors that often stymie race-based conversations. DiAngelo was also invited on BackTalk but could not attend due to a scheduling conflict. Arora’s main point in his article is that his little brother didn’t know he was different from the other white boys until a teacher had them discuss, “white fragility.” Children are not colorblind. Our point is that at a certain age if you teach about culture, your history, and race at home this will not be shocking. In addition, you will have your cultural pride that was taught to you as your shield. It’s called resilience.
In this episode of BackTalk, besides discussing does white fragility hurt Black children, the guests along with our publisher, J.R. Celeste discuss Arora’s article. We also along talked about other controversial issues such as affirmative action, murders of Black men by police officers, white privilege, and more. Listen to learn about Successful Black Parenting’s stance on teaching Black children about white fragility and how to help your child to manage racial awareness and confrontation.
LINKS DISCUSSED ON BACKTALK
Ask Yourself video by Lauryn Whitney