Phyllis Frank, anti-racist organizer, community leader, senior director at VCS, Inc., and a friend of Rockland’s Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education, shared reading recommendations for the anti-racist movement.
VCS Inc., formally known as the Volunteer Counseling Service of Rockland County Inc., provides counseling services and mental health treatment with an anti-racist, social justice mission.
Ms. Frank’s first recommendation is “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo. The author guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to “model minorities” in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they affect almost every aspect of American life.
The second is the New York Times best-seller “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin DiAngelo. The book explores the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.
The museum is hosted by Rockland Community College and receives funding from the town of Ramapo, Rockland County, and the Jewish Federation & Foundation of Rockland County. For more information, call (845) 574-4099.