White Fragility

White Fragility

Why It's So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism

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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.
Publisher: Boston :, Beacon Press,, [2018]
ISBN: 9780807047422
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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May 20, 2019

I wanted to read this book but started it thinking I am not racist, my father is, many of my relatives are but I am not. The take away for me was that I had not realized, just like the book said, I grew up where everyone I saw was white, my neighbors, teachers, doctors, nurses, mayors, grocery store clerks, everyone was white. So I never ever had to wonder "Will I be out of place or looked down on because I am white?" That never even entered my mind. And I will be the first to say that I have said that men in the workplace have no idea of what women go through on a daily basis. This book really opened my eyes and I am very glad I read it and I will certainly recommend it.

Apr 18, 2019

I think about this book so often. I don’t see myself as a racist, but I was sitting in a Kaiser-Permanente pharmacy in a traditionally white town, and I was amazed at the number of black people there. Funny, I didn’t think about all the Asian and south Asian people there, only the blacks. Somehow I doubt this is the last time, that White Fragility makes me think about my own beliefs.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Mar 25, 2019

IMO this is a "must read"...I'm particularly interested in its potential as a professional development tool for managers. So Important!

Mar 05, 2019

A persuasive book about why the common understanding of racism as something done intentionally by mean people is wrong, and further why it hinders whites from meaningfully addressing their role in promulgating racism and thus reinforcing their own racial advantages. D'Angelo bracingly dismantles white racial defensiveness and deflection in its many forms. Reading this book was somewhat disheartening, as it revealed the full extent and insidiousness of white supremacy in the U.S and how whites maintain it, but also hopeful in that D'Angelo truly offers a comprehensive and clear analysis of the problem, and she answers it with promising solutions--albeit ones that will require a lot of hard work and effort on the part of whites.

SCL_Justin Feb 02, 2019

This book was great at describing the problems white people have with acknowledging we are part of a racist society and yes, we are racist. DiAngelo talks about why because we see Racist as the worst thing, we see any indication that we did something racist as something to deny and deflect from and say that we aren't evil. That wasn't the point! She also gives the best outlining of why "reverse racism" doesn't exist I've ever read, and offers tactics to be less racist. It's a book everyone should read, especially in Canada where our white people have this smug superiority complex that is completely undeserved.

multcolib_alisonk Feb 01, 2019

Sharp, clear and concise writing for the fish swimming in waters we can't see.

Jan 13, 2019

The author examines the defensive wall (“white fragility”) that goes up when white people are confronted with their privileges from living in a system that benefits them hugely. “White supremacy is rendered invisible while other political systems—socialism, capitalism, fascism—are identified and studied.” DiAngelo seeks to shed a light on this invisibility. She analyzes culture, conversations, and media, and asks white Americans to consciously consider ways to build bridges.

Oct 21, 2018

For those serious and earnest about learning and helping disrupt racism, this is a must read. You have to stick with it to the end. I thought I knew a lot already, but this book showed me that I had never gone all the way deep to the very core that might hurt. Truth can hurt and then the questions become why are we hurt and what are we going to do about it: learn and act or just withdraw?

LPL_PolliK Oct 17, 2018

Diangelo has written a concise and thoughtful book that will certainly give you pause, no matter how much you think you know about the topic of race. The most helpful thing this book does is recognize how we've confused the issue of racism by conflating it with a good/bad dichotomy. Racism, as a system, transcends whether we are good or bad people, and that is a terrific jumping off point for the rest of the book. Point by point, Diangelo does an excellent job of shining a light on our entrenched socialization and helps us face the ongoing work of becoming anti-racist.

Oct 15, 2018

Hey white people, you're racist. Now do something about it. For further reading, "White Rage" and "So You Want to Talk About Race."

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