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 paperback ; alkaline paper
0807047414 paperback ; alkaline paper
Branch Call Number: 305.8 DIA
Characteristics: xvii, 169 pages ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Dyson, Michael Eric


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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 be... Read More »

In this concise book, scholar and educator DiAngelo explores the defensiveness that many White people feel when discussing race. Using research and examples from her life, she analyzes privilege and offers practical tools for combating racism.

In this concise book, scholar and educator DiAngelo explores the defensiveness that many White people feel when discussing race. Using research and examples from her life, she analyzes privilege and offers practical tools for combating racism.

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Dec 21, 2019

From: Ghettostone Publications Company, Editor/Chief Michael R. Brown, leader of "THE BEST SELLERS BOOK CLUB" review of author Robin DiAngelo's "WHITE FRAGILITY"; Why It's So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism"....!

"WARNING...!" This book is not meant for pleasure, but self- examination...!

"WHITE FRAGILITY" by Robin DiAngelo is a deep dive into the pyscho-social anaylsis of the inner-workings of White folk's inability to deal with their own emotional triggers associated with being confronted with internal bias. The writer has designed this book for "Whites Only"!

The book dives deep into the psychology of white racism, identifying masked internal feelings, deeply held beliefs, historically seeded attitudes, personal prejudices, and internal attempts to hide behind group assimilation by using emotional evasion! The premise of this study suggests that no white person in America is willing to take responsibility for America's unique "White Racist" problem. The writer works in corporate diversity training helping corporations determine why there is no people of color hires, or why so many minorities leave.

The book is tough. It's harsh. It's difficult to read. And hard to put away. The statistics alone are extremely harsh to review. And the fact that America's history has never been able to put race hatred away... equates to being "addicted to white supremacy"! The proof is established in America's History of violence toward "People Of Color", genocide of the Native Peoples, enslavement of the African, land seizures from Mexico, the establishment of a "Jim Crow segregation laws" and the systematic oppression of everyone who is not "White"..

The truth hurts! According to this study many White People in America are unaware of
the harmful nature of "A White Supremacy Society"! More than that many White Americans continue to deny they play a role in enforcement of the status quo, or that they have benefited personally from it, or that America has a entrenched racial systems that disenfranchise People of Color!

This book is not meant for People of Color! It's difficult information and confirms what Black People have suspected and known most of their lives, the socialization and complicit nature of White individuals to perpetuate racial discrimination is inherent in the socialization process of being White in America, a White Supremacist Society!

The fact that no where in the world does a "White Supremacy Nation" like America even exists. Plus the fact that White People can not be "superior" with out the systematic
oppression of "the inferior" People of Color...! In other words, the American racial supremacy system implemented through socialization would be impossible, if there were no Black People lived in this country....! In order to be White in America, there needs to be Black People living in America! If no Black People lived in America there would be no White
ability to be Superior or White Supremacists...!

QUESTION: Can White Americans get tough enough to deal with the harsh realities of their own socialization into a system of institutional "white racism" in order to see how they keep the system in place? Or will America come to some horrible clash or be easily defeated by a Russia, or another nation that uses "white supremacy propaganda" to easily manipulate an already hostile White America in order to destroy Democracy...?

Read the book and find out....! "White Fragility" by Robin DiAngelo

Highly recommended by "THE BEST SELLER's BOOK CLUB..!
"WARNING: this material will cause some discomfort when reading...!'


Michael R. Brown, Editor/Chief
Ghettostone Publications Company

JCLChrisK Nov 06, 2019

This is important. Essential. For white people. Chances are it will reverse many of your unconscious operating assumptions about race and racism, where you fit into them, and how to proceed in the future; your instincts are likely wrong, and this is the manual for why and how to fight them. I was not really surprised by anything in the book but I have been hugely informed by it, as DiAngelo does such a clear, succinct job of articulating the issues and making them digestible. My hope is that all white people will read it. Black lives depend on it.

Sep 29, 2019

Indeed, required reading for us white folks; the book repeatedly highlights why talking about racism is difficult for white people, and asks all white readers to face their own racism. I did, though, want more actionable information: more questions to ask myself, more techniques -- to have DiAngelo be as up front with her readers as she asks us to be with ourselves.

Ijeoma Oluo's SO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT RACE is a more frank, more powerful, more action oriented read, and anyone who was struck by DiAngelo's words should be sure to follow up with Oluo's.

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.

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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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