Managing My White Fragility (It's Not About Me)
Keywords:Apprenticeship Model, Co-conspirator, Racial Ally, White Fragility
White privilege, white fragility, and white systems of oppression, both in the workplace and in everyday life, function to cause white people desiring a more just society to stumble, even when they’re aware of these obstacles. In this essay, I discuss my experiences, during the dual pandemics of 2020, in trying to manage my white privilege and my white fragility when thrust into a role for which I felt I was not qualified—teaching Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and Classroom Management—alongside a Black colleague who is an expert in social justice education. Contextualized partly in the police killings of Black people, I explore how white people like myself need to work consciously to always humanize people of color, especially when claiming racial justice allyship.