White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

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Read the following two scenarios adapted from White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism (pp. 115–116).


Scenario 1

The Board of Education of Anywhereville has approved training for the school district’s leaders and school principals on racial, ethnic, and cultural training. 90% of the educational leaders in the school district are Caucasian while 70% of the district’s students are African-American, 26% are Hispanic, and the remainder of students are Caucasian. Once the contractual agreement arrives in the district for signature, however, the Board president sees that the title of the training is “White Leaders and Students of Color.” The Board now wants to withdraw its support for the trainings.


Scenario 2

You are a principal from Everywhere School District and have submitted a proposal to speak at a conference called, “Equity Leadership”. The conference has accepted your proposal and you are getting ready to put together your presentation. The emphasis of your presentation is going to be about how you used social justice leadership strategies with your mostly White faculty to become more culturally relevant for your students. Your superintendent is reviewing your presentation at your request and points out that although you are a White woman, you have not included any information about how this content impacted you as a White person, or shared any insights about how you are increasing your own self-awareness of the importance of social justice leadership.


Create a 10- to 15-slide presentation, using a tool such as Microsoft® PowerPoint® or Prezi, based on the scenarios above. Your presentation should reflect principles of social justice leadership as well as the awareness that was raised by your superintendent and Board.


Cite at least 5 peer reviewed articles that served as your references for this presentation.


Format references according to APA guidelines.


Submit your assignment.



  • DiAngelo, R. (2018). White fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism. Beacon Press.

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