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

  • 4.40 ·
  • 5 Ratings
  • 214 Want to read
  • 3 Currently reading
  • 11 Have read

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.
source: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/566247/white-fragility-by-robin-diangelo/

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Publisher
Beacon Press
Language
English
Pages
192

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White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
2018, Beacon Press
electronic resource in English
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White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
Jul 24, 2018, Dreamscape Media
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Boston, MA, USA

Table of Contents

Why is it so hard to talk to white people about racism? --
The process of racial socialization --
Understanding racism and white supremacy --
Racism post civil-rights --
How does race shape the lives of white people? --
The good/bad binary --
Anti-blackness --
Racial triggers for white people --
The result: White fragility --
White fragility in action --
White fragility and the rules of engagement --
White women's tears --
Where do we go from here?

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
305.8
Library of Congress
HT1521 .D486 2018

Contributors

Foreword
Michael Eric Dyson

The Physical Object

Format
electronic resource
Number of pages
192

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL28029787M
ISBN 10
0807047422
ISBN 13
9780807047422
LCCN
2018003562
OCLC/WorldCat
1088664994
Amazon ID (ASIN)
, B07638ZFN1
Google
ZfQ3DwAAQBAJ
Goodreads
40141699

Work Description

White people in North America live in a social environment that protects and insulates them from race-based stress. This insulated environment of racial protection builds white expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering the ability to tolerate racial stress. Although white racial insulation is somewhat mediated by social class (with poor and working class urban whites being generally less racially insulated than suburban or rural whites), the larger social environment insulates and protects whites as a group through institutions, cultural representations, media, school textbooks, movies, advertising, and dominant discourses. Racial stress results from an interruption to what is racially familiar. In turn, whites are often at a loss for how to respond in constructive ways., as we have not had to build the cognitive or affective skills or develop the stamina that that would allow for constructive engagement across racial divides. leading to what I refer to as White Fragility. White Fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium. This book explicates the dynamics of White Fragility and how we might build our capacity in the on-going work towards racial justice.
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The United States was founded on the principle that all people are created equal.
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