First Friday Book Synopsis, August 7, 2020, on Zoom
Time: 7:30 am (Central Time)
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, Foreword by Michael Eric Dyson
The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People’s Economy by Stephanie Kelton
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Let me share a few thoughts about White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, the book on race issues that I have selected for the August 3 First Friday Book Synopsis.
This book has been at the top of the best seller lists since the killing of George Floyd in May of this year. A large number of people are finding this book helpful in thinking about race issues of race in America.
Shortly after the killing of Mr. Floyd, the CEO of American Airlines, Doug Parker, was reading this book on a Southwest Airlines flight, and it sparked quite a conversation with a flight attendant, who is African American. Dave Lieber wrote about this encounter in this excellent article in the Dallas Morning News: White fragility is something white people must grow out of if we’re to solve racism in America – Americans are reading to overcome racism. A best-selling book on the subject is sold out.
This is the second book dealing with issues of race that I will present at the First Friday Book Synopsis. In July, I presented Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi. I think that it is important that people concerned about issues of business – and, people concerned about our society – do some reading and pondering about issues raised in books like these. I hope you will join us for our August session.
We did something different for the July First Friday Book Synopsis, and we will continue this pattern for at least three more months. For 22+ years, we have focused almost exclusively on books that deal with business issues at the First Friday Book Synopsis. Oh, there have been a few wanderings here and there, usually dealing with leadership in sports, or politics, and a few other books that might have seemed a little far afield. But I have always kept the overall subject of business improvement and excellence and success in mind.
But, this is a moment that beckons us to pay special attention to a national problem and challenge. And, it certainly has implications for every business in America.
So, for July and August and September and October, I have chosen to tackle the issues dealing with race in America through my book selections. Thus, one book will be a business book; the other book will be the book on issues of race.
If you were to ask me what is the most important book to read, I would pause, and ask you to reconsider your question. This is an issue that requires more than any one book. You simply will not learn enough to tell you what you need to know with any one book.
Last month, I wrote a blog post about the current best sellers (read that post here). Of the top 15 books on Amazon’s overall list of best–selling books on a recent day (they update this list hourly), twelve of the fifteen dealt with issues of race.
I am not “new” to this; I have some long-term interest in this subject. I have presented books on racism, social justice, and poverty, each month for over 15 years at the Urban Engagement Book Club in Dallas, sponsored by CitySquare. And, in addition to the academic work I did on civil rights rhetoric in my graduate student days at the University of Southern California, my wife and I have taken our vacation trips in recent years to the civil rights cities of Atlanta, Birmingham, Selma, Montgomery, Little Rock, and Memphis. In other words, I have paid attention to this issue for…decades.
For August, I have selected White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. And in September, I will present How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.
As for the business book that I have selected for August 7, I will present my synopsis of
Our August 7 meeting will be on Zoom again; 7:30 am. Please mark your calendar now. (Meeting info is below). Come join us!
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Announcement about Success North Dallas
I encourage you to also attend the Success North Dallas meeting, virtual, on Wednesday, July 15, 7:00 am.
Speaker: David Pillsbury, ClubCorp CEO
Topic: ClubLife Redefined
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Announcement about the Urban Engagement Book Club
Sponsored by CitySquare
I invite you and encourage you to also attend the Urban Engagement Book Club meeting, also on Zoom, on Thursday, July 16, 12:30 pm.
Speaker: Randy Mayeux
Topic; Book Synopsis of: White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America by Joan C. Williams, foreword by Mark Cuban
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