CORBIN — St. John’s Episcopal Church is hosting an antiracist book club on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.
The book club meets weekly to discuss New York Times Bestselling author Dr. Robin DiAngelo’s "White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism". The group is organized by white members of the Corbin community and is free and open to the public.
Dr. DiAngelo is an award-winning white teacher, consultant and trainer on issues of racial and social justice. She was invited to speak about her work at the University of Kentucky earlier this spring.
“I had never thought about being white,” said Lisa Garrison-Ragsdale, who organized the book club. “I never had to worry about belonging. But by examining myself and my own worldview, I can help my children and give them a healthy perspective.”
The group has been meeting since the first week of September, and discusses one chapter of Dr. DiAngelo’s book each week. Topics of conversation so far have included the challenges of talking to white people about racism, racism and white supremacy, racism after the Civil Rights Movement, and how race shapes the lives of white people. Attendees are not required to have read the book in order to participate, but reading the book is recommended.
The antiracist book club will continue to meet each week through November. Anyone who is interested in learning more about how racism and whiteness affect their daily life, the Corbin community, and the country is encouraged to attend. The group is also a place for white people and antiracist allies to meet and get to know each other in the Corbin area.
“Come and examine yourself, so we can build relationships and be unified!” said Garrison-Ragsdale.