Irmtraud Kauschat (Germany)
(White) Fragility versus Empathic Responsibility
White fragility is a term developed by Robin DiAngelo in 2011 related to racism in the USA. It refers to reacting with guilt, shame, anger, fear, defensivenes, silence when white people witness discussions about racial inequality and injustice. I want us to extend the term to additional situations of inequality and injustice, like gender, education, class. We will explore together how we can use self-empathy to deal with the pain, listen with empathy to people who experience structural power-over dynamics, and take responsibilty for changing these oppressive structures.