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White Women’s Tears: A Conversation With Nanette Massey
May 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Please join our North & NW Suburban Chicago NOW chapter for White Women’s Tears: A Conversation with Nanette Massey.
Nanette D. Massey is a black writer and workshop facilitator living in Buffalo, NY. She speaks with white audiences about having honest, effective conversations about race using Robin DiAngelo‘s runaway best selling book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People To Talk About Racism, as a resource people can relate to. Published in 2018, the book went viral during the George Floyd protests in 2020.
Ms. Massey’s purpose is to help her white allies “figure out this whole race thing.” Participants are encouraged to read White Fragility, especially the “White Women’s Tears” chapter in the book before Nanette’s presentation, and to ponder the question, “Why is it inappropriate to wear a white dress to another woman’s wedding?”
Reviews of her presentations all repeat this narrative, “through her presentational skills and style, she has made this white male feel challenged and more enlightened, while not threatened or shamed. That’s not easy!”
Katy Waldman, writing in The New Yorker, says, “The value in “White Fragility” lies in its methodical, irrefutable exposure of racism in thought and action, and its call for humility and vigilance. Combatting one’s inner voices of racial prejudice, sneaky and, at times, irresistibly persuasive, is a life’s work.”