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White Fragility

 | Published on 9/5/2019

We are excited to bring in Donte Curtis of Catch your Dream Consulting for our next inclusive Volunteerism Training event on Tuesday; September 24 from 9am-12pm in St. Paul! He will be presenting on "Breaking the Cycle of White Supremacy Culture," an interactive workshop that invites attendees to reflect on the ways dominant culture shows up in each of us and harms the work that we do, along with tools for breaking the cycle . Wondering why this is so important? check out this article out how white supremacy culture can foster workplace discrimination:…/en…/the_bias_of_professionalism_standards. This highly interactive workshop on healing from white supremacy culture is very important for all of us who work with volunteers. White supremacy is an issue that we must ALL collectively heal from, while simultaneously trying to break the cycle. We will reflect on how white supremacy harms us individually and organizationally. Participants will come away with antidotes to break the cycle and ultimately recover from white supremacy. This workshop is about healing and not shaming or blaming. Registration is now open - we hope you will join us for this event! Register here

Interested in learning more about the topic of racism? MAVA has put together the following list of resources:

Anti-Racism Resources


White Fragility: Why it’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo

White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, by Tim Wise

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Cullors and Asha Bandele

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram Kendi

A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota edited by Sun Yung Shin

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isbael Wilkerson

Slavery by Another Name by Douglas A. Blackmon (also a documentary available on PBS)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


Code Switch by National Public Radio

Seeing White by Scene On Radio

The Uncertain Hour by Marketplace (recommend seasons 1 and 3)

Talking About Privilege, Two Sugars Podcast, New York Times


20 ways majority-white nonprofits can build authentic partnerships with organizations let by communities of color, by Vu Le on NonprofitAF

Being Black -- but Not Too Black -- In the Workplace, by Adia Harvey Wingfield in The Atlantic

How White People Handle Diversity Training in the Workplace, by Robin DiAngelo on Medium

Race/Related, weekly newsletter by the New York Times

10 Things We’ve Learned About Unbiased Hiring Practices at AAM by Katherine McNamee

Board Diversity, Inclusion Do Not Always Mean Equity: 4 Questions That Aid the Challenge for Nonprofit Boards to Incorporate Racial Equity by Andrea Rogers

The Difference That Makes a Difference by Dennis Cass

What We’re Learning about Nonprofits’ DEI Journeys by Jasmine Marrow

Nonprofit Diversity Efforts: Current Practices and the Role of Foundations, The Center for Effective Philanthropy

What Happens When I Try to Talk About Race with White People, PBS Newshour

Whites Have Huge Wealth Edge Over Blacks (but Don’t Know It) By Emily Badger

The First White President by Ta-Nahisi Coates

How Redlining’s Racist Effects Lasted for Decades by Emily Badger

Confronting White Supremacy in the Workplace by Caroline Taiwo

How to Talk About Racism, MPR News

Are You a Dream Hoarder? Brookings Institute


My Story, My Truth, Documentary by CTV North Suburbs

Thirteenth, Documentary on Netflix

I Am Not Your Negro, Documentary on Hulu

How to Deal with Police, Youtube Video

Peanut Butter, Jelly, and Racism, New York Times video


White Fragility Self-Test by New England Yearly Meeting of Friends Quakers

Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture by Equity in the Center

Inclusion and Equity Resources by Minnesota Council of Nonprofits