• Confronting Fear and Hate
Sheryl Anderson

March/April 2021

The Director’s Letter 

Dear Colleagues, 

We are living in very strange times. It is in these times I hold fast to my faith. There is a real division in our country based on our complex relationship with race. This is seen more recently in the storming of our Nations Captial, mass shootings in Atlanta and in Colorado. There is a constant state of fear and hate, and unbridled trauma is the side effect. Some of the trauma and fear stems from the global pandemic of the spread of Covid-19. These factors have brought on a rise of racial attacks amongst the minority population, especially among our Asian American & Pacific Island communities. This targeting of violence shown against them is in response to the belief that they spread the virus here in the United States. This false narrative, the attacks, bias thinking, and macroaggressions are not a new concept. They are pure hate crimes. Much of this thinking, racist in nature, seems to stem from insecurity, ignorance, fear, and trauma. This fear exacerbates trauma and turns it into hate. Trauma breeds trauma. That combined with the fear of the future, the unknown, and/or things we don’t understand breeds a vicious cycle of violence, hate, and oppression. The constant fear of the oppressor is to one day become the oppressed. There is a constant paranoia of plots and schemes that plays out in the mind that is unfounded. How can we overcome our miseducation and fear and begin to address our trauma in a healthy method? The best way to cause change is by first educating ourselves, facing our fears, and seeking help in healing our trauma. This month’s blog topic is Confronting Fear & Hate. There are many resources available to educate us on our cultural bias and help to identify where the fear comes from and understand its relationship with blame that keeps us from addressing the issue of racism. Please join me as we attempt to look at this problem. As always thank you for taking this DEI walk with me. United together, we are stronger. Stay safe and healthy.


Best Regards, 
Marta Rhea-Johnson 
Director of Diversity and Inclusion 

This month’s blog topic is
Confronting Fear & Hate. Anti-Asian Bias 
Addressing Anti-Asian Bias | Learning for Justice 
Coronavirus spreads anti-Asian racism 
Tales of Racism and Sexism, From 3 Leading Asian-American Women 

Having Tough Conversations 
Race Conversations in White Spaces: The End and the Beginning 
Toolkit for "Why Talk About Whiteness?" | Learning for Justice 
Bursting the White Privilege Bubble | Learning for Justice

Countering Online Hate 

TED Talk 
The Offline Origins of Online Hate and What to Do About It | Nhi Le | TEDxUniHalle Brené Brown: Listening to shame 
Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability 

Let's Talk! Discussing Whiteness | Learning for Justice 

Understanding the concept of White Fragility- Why it’s hard for white people to talk about racism 
Teaching Tolerance Interviews Robin DiAngelo: White Fragility in the Classroom
Article: White Fragility By Robin DiAngelo 

Article Abstract 
White people in North America live in a social environment that protects and insulates them from race-based stress. This insulated environment of racial protection builds white expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering the ability to tolerate racial stress, leading to what I refer to as White Fragility. White Fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium. This paper explicates the dynamics of White Fragility. 
White Fragility | DiAngelo | The International Journal of Critical Pedagogy

Florida School Reverses Course on Diversity Curriculum 
Whiteness Project 
Decentering Whiteness: Dismantling privilege in the interest of racial justice