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

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Amy Landon

6 Hours 21 Minutes

Beacon Press

June 2018

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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.

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  • Vicki M.

    This book is a must read by everyone! I am a woman of color and I read this book to gain perspective on the white persons views, thoughts, fears on racism. This book is more I’ve recommended it to everyone I know every race it is an eye opener and educational.

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  • Anonymous

    Great book! Every white person needs to read this book and get enlightened. Of course, all the bigots and the racist will rate it extremely low, for obvious reasons: being checked by a white person.

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  • Toni N.

    DiAngelo gives language to help articulate things that have been on my mind. The time is ripe for these thoughts. Society has progressed to a point where discussion of whiteness can be held with civility and with an open mind.

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  • Melanie M.

    Funny how all the bad reviews are by "anonymous" people. We already know why you don't like it. This book is for the open-minded.

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  • Anonymous

    I couldn’t finish this book. Not worth the read.

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  • Tiff G.

    Very insightful, thoughtful and educational. If you are ready to change YOU and YOUR perceptions of racism, then this book is for you!

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  • Stephen L.

    Great book that really challenges you if you are open to it. I really enjoy being being uncomfortable and exploring my own positions and thoughts on the subject.

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  • Deborah B.

    Everyone needs to read this book, especially everyone wary of entering into conversations about race. This book makes sense of a universal, complex, highly charged reality in such a way that liberated people to deconstruct the structure without drawing enemy lines.

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  • Thomas C.

    CAUTION! This is NOT the "white persons' perspective." This woman is yet another white person who thinks black people need her help to awaken them and save them from an imaginary disease called "whiteness." This woman's overtly racist philosophy and unscientific view of the white persons' psyche is not only science fiction (think L. Ron Hubbard's "Dianetics") but it is literally divisive, hateful, and destructive to bringing peace to our country. If you think you've been "enlightened" by this book, you have only been fooled by her pulling the wool over your eyes. If you recommend everyone must read this, you are doing nothing to bring peace and love to this country, you are repeating her lies and poisoning the mind of others.

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  • Michelle A.

    I found this book enlightening. I am a black woman who has lived/worked in predominantly white communities. This book has helped me gain a better understanding of why some white people cannot see racism that is plain to me.

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