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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Robin DiAngelo’s treatise about confronting systemic racism may be an uncomfortable read for most white people—and that’s the point. DiAngelo, an antiracism educator, was motivated to write her book after noticing that many white participants in her trainings were unable or unwilling to talk about racism. She argues that this resistance is a large part of what keeps oppressive systems in place, and lays out specific examples of the privileges white folks enjoy to the detriment of others. This book is a necessary listen for anyone interested in combatting racism.
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Looking in the mirror
Change starts with ourselves, be willing to learn and grow :)
A necessary tool to end white supremacy
To anyone claiming that this book is “racist” toward white people, you clearly did not understand what this book is trying to teach us. Maybe you should read it again.
MANDATORY READING FOR...
...Black People! This book gives all people of color but especially Black People an insight into how the social constructs of white America works. It gave me language and a framework to operate in so that when the time comes to challenge (which is everyday) white fragility I am prepared. This book has collected my insanity on racism and put it in context. I apologize openly to other Black Authors on this subject when I suspected the system couldn’t possible have all these racist redundancies BUT they do! I feel armed with insight, prepared to lose a couple of my white and black friends but excited about filling those losses...