White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

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Beacon Press, Jun 26, 2018 - Social Science - 192 pages
The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.
 

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I started this book prepared to argue with the author's premise. She dispensed with my arguments in the first 20 pages. It's a book that I will be thinking about for a long time, and will have me re-examining everything I thought I knew, about society and about myself. Read full review

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DiAngelo presents an accessible treatise on becoming a better ally for Black people and dealing with our un-helpful reactions to having racist words and actions pointed out to us. All of us have grown ... Read full review

Contents

We Cant Get There from Here
1
Racism and White Supremacy
15
Racism After the Civil Rights Movement
39
The GoodBad Binary
71
AntiBlackness
89
White Fragility
107
White Fragility and the Rules of Engagement
123
Where Do We Go from Here?
141
Resources for Continuing Education
156
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Robin DiAngelo is an academic, lecturer, and author and has been a consultant and trainer on issues of racial and social justice for more than twenty years. She formerly served as a tenured professor of multicultural education at Westfield State University.

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