Socialise and engage in stimulating and rational discussion with like-minded people. Work for a good life based on human values, not religious faith. Make the world a better place in the here and now, not a mythical hereafter. Celebrate the wonder of life and the search for scientific truth. Join our campaigns against divisive religious schools, religions dictating who can marry and against religious privilege generally. Formed in 2012 to promote Humanism in East London.
Join us on Zoom to discuss this controversial US best-seller. Author Robin DiAngelo uses the title to describe white liberal defensiveness when confronted with complicity in institutional racism. It deliberately makes uncomfortable reading. It is particularly relevant and challenging for a group like ours. If you think you don’t need to read it then you probably do!
The meeting is free and open to all, but pre-registration on Meetup is required.
Ideally all participants will have read the book (154 pages). Everyone will have the opportunity to share their thoughts. Why not order from Newham Bookshop, voted top independent bookshop 2019 [[masked]].
Alternatively Di Angelo gives a reasonable summary here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwIx3KQer54 (20 mins), and a more detailed exposition here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45ey4jgoxeU (1h 23 mins)
“Most people feel good intentions exempt them and so carry on not doing very much, not doing anything very different in action and practice.” Di Angelo argues powerfully that white progressives continue to fail to recognise and address their own privileges and prejudices, and that this complacency plays an important part in perpetuating endemic racism.