White Religious Educators Resisting White Fragility: Lessons From Mystics

Citation data:

Religious Education, ISSN: 0034-4087, Vol: 112, Issue: 1, Page: 46-57

Publication Year:
2017
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Repository URL:
http://digitalcommons.luthersem.edu/faculty_articles/25
DOI:
10.1080/00344087.2016.1253124
Author(s):
Hess, Mary E.
Publisher(s):
Informa UK Limited; Taylor & Francis
Tags:
Social Sciences; Arts and Humanities; pedagogy; religious education; mysticism; white fragility; dismantling racism; Adult and Continuing Education; Catholic Studies; Education; Practical Theology; Religion
article description
Decades of work in dismantling racism have not yielded the kind of results for which religious educators have hoped. One primary reason has been what scholars term “white fragility,” a symptom of the structural racism which confers systemic privilege upon White people. Lessons learned from Christian mystics point to powerful ways to confront and resist the siren call of such formation and instead to make resisting racism an integral part of Christian identity for White people.