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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For a book whose entire theme is the response of white people to being called racist, it does an amazing job of ignoring entirely the consequences that even a mere accusation of racism, much less ... Read full review

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I dithered about how to rate and review this book. The content is important and there's really nothing in here I actually disagreed with. I was familiar in general with the concept of white fragility ... Read full review

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Contents

We Cant Get There from Here
1
The Challenges of Talking to White People About Racism
7
Racism and White Supremacy
15
Racism After the Civil Rights Movement
39
How Does Race Shape the Lives of White People?
51
The GoodBad Binary
71
AntiBlackness
89
Racial Triggers for White People
99
White Fragility in Action
115
White Fragility and the Rules of Engagement
123
White Womens Tears
131
Where Do We Go from Here?
139
Resources for Continuing Education
155
Acknowledgments
159
Notes
161
Copyright

White Fragility
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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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