White Fragility

White Fragility

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

Book - 2018
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"In this groundbreaking and timely book, antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility. 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 explores how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively"-- Publisher's description.
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, [2018]
ISBN: 9780807047415
0807047414
Characteristics: xvii, 169 pages ; 23 cm

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sunnyfeline
Apr 12, 2021

A good beginner's book but it felt repetitive at times. There were some topics I've already heard about but I learned some new things such as how to respond to something in the best way(s) possible if it was made known to me that I unknowingly said something insensitive or offensive. I plan to read some similar books written by BIPOC authors to learn more about how to be an ally and to have a better understanding of this subject. I wanted to do this before jumping in deeper from a BIPOC's perspective to prepare myself from hearing some difficult things.

P.S. I found it to be interesting to read some of the comments of upset or angry (white) readers. This is exactly what the author wrote about in her book for how we have a knee-jerk reaction whenever we talk about this subject. It's one thing to feel like this book wasn't great but it's an entirely different thing to be angry about it.

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Greisi
Apr 01, 2021

I absolutely recommend this to everyone but especially to my fellow white people. I think this is a great beginner novel into learning about systemic racism and how we all fit into that system and how white people benefit from it. A lot of the things mentioned this book were topics that I was already with familiar with but there were many topics that were delved into in a way that was brand new to me. There were so many things that I have thought about that I wasn't able to put into my own words when explaining it to others that this book really nailed down quite eloquently. 10/10 I think this is an important novel to read for a better understanding of our current social climate and on how to be a better ally.

Alternate title: "The Unbearable Whiteness of Being."
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Let me explain to you what has happened, from a historical viewpoint. With the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, it was expected that Black people would elect their own representatives, the power of the courts would be used to enforce civil rights, and everyone would soon enter a state of equity. The elections and court orders have happened. We have busing, an end to discrimination in housing, and I don't know what all. But where is the equity? Everyone thinks that was promised to them, now where is it? Well, it hasn't happened. Clearly it stands to reason that someone has prevented it from happening, and a culprit must be found. That is the purpose of this book.

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jaglowgla82
Jan 15, 2021

Great book. I think everyone should read it. All race, all ages, all genders, just everyone!

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mnack_0
Jan 04, 2021

Thought-provoking. As a white woman, any comment I make is racist because, as a member of a privileged class, I cannot comment except from a racist perspective. - Later: The more time that passes, the more thinking about this book pisses me off. So from that perspective, I guess it accomplished its purpose.

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Mudita
Dec 16, 2020

For those who have given this read a negative review, you may have demonstrated the author’s points white fragility.
The book is academic, a bit dry and just the sociological facts but it’s amazingly informative. Yes, also read books from POC on US racism.

VaughanPLDavidB Dec 13, 2020

There are many ways that this book can be criticized (thus demonstrating the Kafkaesque trap of white fragility), but the chief one is that it reads more like a religious tract than a sociological text, with its constant preaching of the doctrine of the Original Sin of whiteness, for which there is no possibility of full redemption or absolution. The best white people can do is to strive to be "less white". The author seems to hate herself for her own whiteness and projects that self-loathing onto the white reader. If you're looking for solutions to the problem of racism, you won't find them in this book.

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VonHafenstaaad
Nov 26, 2020

According to this author, those that are identified as white (not necessarily those who identify AS white) are guilty of racism and must be prepared to be tongue-lashed by her. It is curious that somehow denigrating a person by their skin color is not racist when done by a person of the same appearance. It is a popular book for those that need more of a reason to feel bad about themselves.
Ironically, the subject is timely and through reading other sources of information on institutionalized racism, I have noticed many examples of this. The articles were well written and effective in that I was not made to feel that anything I did or said was automatically suspect and therefore invalid. A state of paralysis is not one from which change can occur.

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TheEqualizer
Nov 26, 2020

I truly felt empowered after reading this magnificent book! It makes you see the world differently. Now, at every turn, I see oppression - whites enacting their privilege, people not checking each others' pronouns, sex-segregated washrooms, little girls wearing pink - and I tell everyone I know that our relationship is contingent on reading this book.

If they don't read and support this book, I will report them for hateful conduct and notify the Human Resources Department of their employer to ensure that they never work again.

Truly a wonderful and inspiring read!

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canarias_islas
Nov 16, 2020

I was very open-minded when I decided to read this book--better getting the book from the library and glad I did because it is not worth the money to buy it. Repetitive and very hard to read. Author doesn't make a good argument about racism and now it is very easy to call everything racist that it has lost its meaning.

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danellhurt_0
Aug 19, 2020

This books explores how white fragility (defensive reactions whites display when their racial views- positions and advantages are questioned or challenged) develops,how it protects racial inequality and what can be done to change these biases. It also shows how society from the very beginning have help to develop these biases and how the hurt both individually and collectively.

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JCLChrisK Nov 06, 2019

This book is intended for us, for white progressives who so often—despite our conscious intentions—make life so difficult for people of color. I believe that white progressives cause the most daily damage to people of color. I define a white progressive as any white person who thinks he or she is not racist, or is less racist, or in the “choir,” or already “gets it.” White progressives can be the most difficult for people of color because, to the degree that we think we have arrived, we will put our energy into making sure that others see us as having arrived. None of our energy will go into what we need to be doing for the rest of our lives: engaging in ongoing self-awareness, continuing education, relationship building, and actual antiracist practice. White progressives do indeed uphold and perpetrate racism, but our defensiveness and certitude make it virtually impossible to explain to us how we do so.

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