Groundbreaking book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when discussing racism that serve to protect their positions and maintain racial inequalityAntiracist educator Robin DiAngelo first coined the term "white fragility" in 2011, and since then it's been invoked by critics from Samantha Bee to Charles Blow. "White fragility" refers to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially. These include emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors including argumentation and silence. In this book, DiAngelo unpacks white fragility, explaining the underlying sociological phenomena. She'll draw on examples from her work and scholarship, as well as from the culture at large, to address these fundamental questions: How does white fragility develop? What does it look like? How is it triggered? What can we do to move beyond white fragility and engage more constructively?...
|Title||:||White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism|
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White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism Reviews
I read this book hungrily but haltingly because it was both nourishing and painful to read. According to Diangelo, discomfort is key to our growth and awareness, so I proceeded and tried to stay with the discomfort. I had to read and reread passages to absorb the magnitude of what she claimed. It is not a matter of if but when we perpetrate racism on people of color, and how will we respond? Her stories of white people reacting in anger and disbelief when they were told something they said was r ...more
I wish the last chapter could have been half the book.
"I have a black friend!" "I don't see race." "Oh, these racists will die out eventually and things will get better." Sound familiar? These common refrains are often brought up in regards to discussing racism, particularly as defenses brought up by white people (although people of color may certainly use these excuses too!). Author DiAngelo takes the reader through an exploration of the concept of "white fragility", which is apparently a phrase she coined in 2011.
DiAngelo explains the concept of ...more
This is a powerful, essential book that encapsulates much of what DiAngelo has been cogently laying out in other articles and speeches. I appreciated having the thinking I have heard her articulate at events I have attended in one place. I am honored to host DiAngelo at my library for the release of this book.
Some incomplete notes from the end of the book (I should have been marking passages all along, but know I will read this again).
"White equilibrium is a cocoon of racial comfort, centrality, ...more
I won my copy of this book free through a Goodreads giveaway.
My cats always seem entertained when I read a book like this because I tend to debate the book outloud as I read. If only I got in the habit of taking notes on paper about my criticisms! But, thankfully, this was not a book I was critiquing for a class. That said, I found this book less than convincing, and its brash, arrogant tone seems calculated for shock value rather than for actual convincing, persuasive argument.
DiAngelo does a ...more
Summary: Explains white fragility, its sources, expressions, the challenge it poses to conversations about race, and a different way to engage.
You've been there. A conversation about race begins and quickly, tension settles in the room. You don't need a person of color to be present. The defensiveness is palpable and takes a variety of forms. For some the best defense is a good offense. In a conversation about the significance of the Black Lives Matter movement, someone pushes back and shifts th ...more
A stunning work that should be read by anyone who considers themselves a critical thinker.
Even though I know quite a bit about this topic (hence the rating), and the author, from her work on the amazing ‘Seeing White’ podcast, I still found this book to be quite informative! It is a great read for those looking for resources and guidance on dismantling white supremacy.