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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I recommend this book because it offers a new understanding of the society we live in, race, racism and how the problem white people have with talking about racism actually perpetuates and helps keep ... Read full review

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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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Contents

We Cant Get There from Here 1 The Challenges of Talking to White People About Racism
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Racism and White Supremacy
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Racism After the Civil Rights Movement
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How Does Race Shape the Lives of White People?
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The GoodBad Binary
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AntiBlackness
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Racial Triggers for White People
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White Fragility
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White Fragility in Action
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White Fragility and the Rules of Engagement
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White Womens Tears
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Where Do We Go from Here?
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Copyright

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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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