In a discussion about promoting so-called “racial justice,” White Fragility author Robin DiAngelo called for segregated “spaces” and told “people of color” that they needed to “get away from White people and have some community with each other.”
DiAngelo — who is known for hosting a “Confronting Racism” workshop for businesses that tells White people to “be less white” — spoke during a live “Racial Justice: The Next Frontier” webinar earlier this month, where she rambled on about both “diversity” and segregation.
During the webinar featuring Mareisha N. Reese and Mary-Fraces Winters — both of whom are Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) consultants — DiAngelo claimed that engaging in conversations like this takes “some nuance and some skill” and declared that it is a “basic qualification” for businesses in this day and age.
“If you can’t do that, you’re just simply not qualified in today’s workplace, no matter what school you went to and how acclaimed you are,” she said during the webinar, which was hosted by Berrett-Koehler Publishers, an independent publisher that markets DEI literature to businesses.
DiAngelo went on to note that many organizations “have the ‘diversity’ question,” but claimed that it is only “one question with no weight, and no one on the hiring committee even knows how to assess a good answer.”
She then expressed her desire to “create a culture that actually spits out those who are resistant, as opposed to what it does now, which is spit out those who want to break with white solidarity.”
DiAngelo also pushed for racial segregation using the woke term “affinity,” as she claimed to be a “big believer in affinity space and affinity work.”
“And I think people of color need to get away from white people and have some community with each other,” she asserted.
The woke author’s comments received criticism on social media, with many comparing the lack of reaction to her assertion to the attacks on conservative Dilbert comic strip creator Scott Adams for making similar remarks.
Adams faced severe backlash from both sides of the aisle, though mostly from the left, when he made a similar statement. Citing a Rasmussen Reports survey that revealed many Black respondents disagreed with the statement “It’s OK to be white,” the comic strip creator described those Black people as members of “a hate group” and argued that White people should “get away” from Black people.
“When Robin DiAngelo says it, it’s inspirational and she gets paid $20k. When Scott Adams says it, it’s racist and he loses his job,” tweeted conservative commentator Allie Beth Stuckey.
“Will they pull ‘White Fragility’ off the shelves like they did to Dilbert?” one Twitter user asked.
Podcast host Tim Pool made a video where he commented on the story, pointing out that DiAngelo’s comments were an “unhinged woke rant.”