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Publisher Description

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.

June 26
Beacon Press
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

A. Caplan ,

Important message; could have been 15 pages

The book conveys a very important message and raises awareness that white racism towards black people is baked into the culture, and is not just about intentional acts of discrimination. With that said, the author recycles the same few basic ideas over and over, without adding any new value each time she essentially restates the same thing. Even the anecdotes from the author’s work as an unconscious bias counselor feel repetitive. This could have been a short essay and nothing would have been lost.

Supreme leader snoke the 4th ,

Don’t let Right Wing uneducated nut jobs distract you.

Book is an excellent read and gives you a great perspective. Unfortunately angry white boomer trump supporters want to see this country stay the way it is. Don’t let it distract you from what this book is about which is the truth.

M. Spaunder ,

Please read this book

The one star reviews were left by people who either skimmed over the book or do not have sufficient comprehension skills. There is no time like the present to have these uncomfortable conversations about racism and take a step in the right direction. I will continue to recommend this book to every person I cross paths with.

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