White Fragility: Why It's So Hard For White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo

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White Fragility: Why It's So Hard For White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo

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Julie’s pick: This book should be required reading for every white person in America including those of us who think “oh, but we’re not racist.” As Diangelo states in her introduction, “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.” If we want to be good allies and truly work towards uprooting white supremacy, it is essential we realize that, in Diangelo’s words, “individual whites may be “against” racism, but they still benefit from a system that privileges whites as a group.” Diangelo breaks down white fragility in an accessible way, making clear its insidious ways of harboring white supremacist thought. She also shows white people what we can do to not just become aware of our own bias, but how to challenge that bias, and push that awareness into action with positive effects. PLEASE READ THIS. THEN REGIFT IT.

About the book: 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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