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
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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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DiAngelo is a white woman who does diversity training, so she has a lot to say about white fragility—the demand of white people that racism only be discussed in ways that are comfortable to us, which ... Read full review

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The number of 1 star reviews for this book from white people who felt uncomfortable upon reading this book is telling. They are why it is so hard to have an honest conversation about racism. This book ... Read full review

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About the author (2018)

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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