White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

Groundbreaking book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when discussing racism that serve to protect their positions and maintain racial inequality

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, anti-racist educator Robin DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what can be done to engage more constructively.

Title:White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780807047415
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    White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism Reviews

  • Aaron Akbar

    The book raises striking and specific points about how as whites we have biases toward race while pretending we are colorblind. She states specific examples, and outlays practical way forward. Most of...

  • Lois

    This book is written by a white person for other whites.Most of what she writes is common sense but no doubt useful for white folks struggling to not feel attacked when racism is discussed.I was annoy...

  • Trish

    The provocative title of this book is a draw. What are we doing, saying, thinking that is unconscious and yet still brings out some kind of anger or fear response in us when challenged? I am constantl...

  • Andre

    Robin DiAngelo comes hard in this one and takes no prisoners. There are going to be many hurt feelings for those willing and courageous enough to delve into this examination of White Fragility. “Th...

  • Jack Heller

    This book will cut you, white person, no slack. If you think you're progressive about race--and most white people think they are--you will be confronted by this book. It's not aimed at Klansmembers. I...

  • Scott Freeman

    This should be mandatory reading for all white people. Truly important....

  • lady victoriana

    I'm undecided as to how to rate this book. On the one hand, it's a fantastic first step for folks just becoming aware of racism. But personally, as a POC who has been engaging with these concepts for ...

  • Paula W

    I’m not giving this a low rating for the reason you think I am. Seven or eight years ago, I read an essay about white fragility in a professional journal. It was only 17 pages long (3 of those pages...

  • CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian

    This short, focused book was a really fantastic learning experience for me! I appreciated how Diangelo integrated academic concepts while still keeping the book very accessible for non-academics. I re...

  • Courtney

    I nearly returned this book. I had purchased the audiobook from Audible, and I found the tone to be dry, dull, and schoolmarmish. If I was to picture Robin DiAngelo, it would be my middle school libra...