White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bookworm12 - LibraryThing
The book focuses on approaching racial discussions with humility. By getting defensive, claiming you have no prejudices, or making it about your own guilt, you’re taking the focus off the real issue ... Read full review
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It's been some years since I've started trying to unpack my own racism, mostly with the help of anti-racism workshops and books by authors like Ta-Nehisi Coates and Michael Eric Dyson. Ms. DiAngelo ... Read full review
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White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
Limited preview - 2018