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White Fragility

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

Download readers' guides at beacon.org/whitefragility.

©2018 Robin DiAngelo (P)2018 Random House Audio

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“[T]houghtful, instructive, and comprehensive... This slim book is impressive in its scope and complexity; DiAngelo provides a powerful lens for examining, and practical tools for grappling with, racism today.” (Publishers Weekly)

“As a woman of color, I find hope in this book because of its potential to disrupt the patterns and relationships that have emerged out of long-standing colonial principles and beliefs. White Fragility is an essential tool toward authentic dialogue and action. May it be so!” (Shakti Butler, president of World Trust and director of Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible)

“A rare and incisive examination of the system of white body supremacy that binds us all as Americans... With authenticity and clarity, she provides the antidote to white fragility and a road map for developing white racial stamina and humility. White Fragility loosens the bonds of white supremacy and binds us back together as human beings.” (Resmaa Menakem, author of My Grandmother’s Hands and Rock the Boat)

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  • matthew
  • 11/07/2019

Worst book I've ever read

I'm Mexican, but I guess I've "internalized" my racism or whatever nonsensical term this white lady uses, because I couldn't disagree more with almost every point and premise in this book. Don't waste your time listening to this.

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  • Gary French
  • 04/06/2020

radical

I read it and was not impressed with psych 101 tactics to take away dissenting views. If we only have 1 side of any story we are being robbed of real progress.

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  • G. Rowson
  • 07/06/2020

Some good thoughts, mostly an unproductive lecture

I believe that Privilege exists, but it’s fair to debate whether this is White Privilege or Wealth Privilege. (The author would tell me that I’m spinning “race” into “class” to avoid having to talk about racism, but this is my honest opinion). Having money makes navigating life infinitely easier. Wealthy people have much better education, much more favorable experiences with the criminal justice system, and much better health. White Privilege very much existed for most of the 20th century. In the last quarter of the 20th century, the playing field was leveled, and systemic racism was deconstructed. One can argue that we are now living in a post-racial society. The playing field being leveled certainly doesn’t account for those starting from behind, and that’s why I recommend focusing on policies that create opportunity – mainly Education.

For me, the best insight was that good people can be racist. I also agree that many good people excuse away any potential biases without taking the time to dig deeper. One that resonated with me is discounting potential racism because one lives in a northern state rather than a southern one.

It was helpful to acknowledge that humans are genetically wired to see life through stereotypes, although I think she missed by not explaining the science behind this and by calling it “prejudice” rather than “stereotype,” as the former has a much more negative connotation that’s not required to make the point.

I think this is book is great for any white person who’s on the verge of becoming self-aware. If you’re not there yet, I’m not sure how much this book helps. If one is already racially self-aware, there are many points that could be seen as too extreme or overbearing.

The author takes a fundamentally negative tone. For example, there’s no outline of success or path towards reconciliation. It seems like success to her is living a lifetime of white shame. The goal from my perspective should be self-awareness which leads to more edifying interactions with people who don’t look like us. But she basically says that this isn’t possible because white people are inherently White Supremacists, hiding our true nature to be polite. For example, the whole chapter on Anti-Blackness stated that white people get uncomfortable when black people are successful and in position of leadership. I’m sorry Robin, maybe this is your inner demon, but I’m actually rooting for black people to succeed.

I will also challenge her on her black crime statistics. Black people made up 53% of known homicide offenders in the U.S. and commit about 60% of robberies, though they are 13% of the population. Until this changes, it’s unfair to ask white people to act as though black neighborhoods aren’t inherently more dangerous when deciding where raise a family.

Similar to my criticisms of BLM for fostering an external locus of control, Robin seems to do this too with her critique of meritocracy. Perhaps she’s a socialist at heart, but America is a meritocracy, and excelling in it is the only way for black people to advance. Wouldn’t it better to tell young black people that successful black people did it through hard work, determination, and by surrounding themselves with people that share these values rather than saying they were just the lucky few?

Finally, I disagree her approach toward reconciliation. I understand that white people can be overly sensitive in racial conversations, but she trashes some fundamental principles needed for open, productive dialogue, for example: assuming good intentions of others, not making assumptions, being free to speak one’s truth, and respect for one another.

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  • parker
  • 15/06/2020

Hot Garbage

Another white apologist spinning a guilt trip left wing narrative that all white are bad. You marched in the 60s for Black rights? Who cares, still a racist. You’re white and there’s nothing you can do to not be a racist. So let’s all self reflect on how we can be less racist.

There is valid information presented, but it is diluted heavily by the authors bias and agenda.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10/09/2019

DNF because the narrator was so awful.

couldn't get past the forward because the narrator sounded like a computer was reading the book. What a waste of a credit.

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  • Darren P. Auger
  • 10/06/2020

White guilt shoved down your throat

I've tried listening to this audiobook with an open mind. But all that basically says is all white people are racist, that all white people should have white guilt, and that white people should all kiss black or brown people's asses to make up for history. This book has a twisted and absurd perception of race relations and provides no solutions. Here's an idea: Get over history, and live every day treating every human being with respect.

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  • Happy Cat
  • 31/01/2019

I wanted to like it, but ...

I wanted to like this book, but I didn't. I found "The Hate U Give" and "You Can't Touch My Hair" more informative about how to be a better anti-racist ally.

For me, this book was too scientific for too long. Over 90% of it was convincing the white reader that they are racist. Okay, got it less than 1/2 way through. So, how do I counteract my racism according to the author: "research it, there's a lot of resources." Ummm... sure, but that is what I thought I was doing when I read this book.

Part of my problem with this book is that I had amazingly wonderful anti-racism trainers when I took ERACCE training in Michigan. It's a training like this woman speaks of, except, I found it much more helpful. The trainers were relatable. This woman seems too stiff and strict to make one WANT to be an anti-racist ally.

When she finally did get to some things we can do, she never mentioned that our voting matters. This was part of my anti-racism training. It is not good enough that I work to end racism where ever in my life I am able (home, school, work, etc.), but also to vote for people who will work to end our nation's systemic racism that impact our justice, education, and housing systems (just to name a few). Also, that we need to belong to groups that want to work on anti-racism. Community is vital to this endeavor, and the book only talks about the individual.

I can see the value in some of this text, but I won't recommend it as a resource without several caveats: Too scientific, too much time on convincing white folks they are racist, and no mention of voting or working together with your community to end racism.

If you ever get the chance to take the ERACCE ant-racism training in Kalamazoo, I strongly encourage it. The trainers were relatable and successful in teaching the white people in the room that we are benefiting from white privilege and that we need to use that to fight racism in every possible way.

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  • linda a drumgoole
  • 01/06/2020

Too much finger pointing

I’m an educated, raised in the south and working in a white male dominated environment. I could not finish this book based on the constant barrage of how bad white privileged folks are in this society. They will never read this. They will not change. What has to happen if we stop buying their wares. Money makes changes in their world. When we VOTE, change happen. Just my opinion!!!!

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  • Phillip
  • 20/08/2019

Palatable only if you don't think

I might have damaged my eyes from all the eye rolling I did. The author doesn't seem to grasp the concept of providing evidence, instead relies on shared assumptions and outlooks as justification for what is frankly a vile concept. I do think more people should read this, if only to see how poor the arguments are.

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  • Jacqueline Chang-Stroman
  • 16/08/2019

Maybe more devisive than helpful

I expected more from a diversity trainer with a PhD in Multicultural Education. The narrator also may have magnified how the words of Dr Diangelo came across to me as arrogant & devisive. Some statements made are certainly true. However, I feel she is quite bold & erroneous in overgeneralizing her truths about white people. It sometimes came across as if written by black people that have their own biases (not without reason) against white people, & they just want to dehumanize them. After reading "Biased" by Dr Eberhardt (which I learned a great deal from & it gave me hope for bridging a better future) this book was a let-down, though I'm sure it was well-intentioned. Dehumanizing white people (or any people!) is not a way to get conversations going in a helpful & positive direction. Do white people need a wake-up call to white privilege? Absolutely. Our history is horrifying & shameful. Read or listen to "Biased" also if you have the opportunity.

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  • E Horlemann
  • 18/02/2020

My future training tool book

This book has finally given me the toolbox that I need to run workshops and seminars that will help white people understand their actions. This book has also made me look at the table from the other side - the white people's perspective so that I am able to help guide them to understand where are their landmines and how they too can navigate in being more conscious on when they are being racial and also to understand that their actions leave scares on those people that they are directing it to. Thanks so much for this "toolbox"

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  • Mikel
  • 29/07/2020

Entertainingly paranoid

Unbelievable, how she projects racism into everything and draws arbitrary conclusions. Feeling, not thinking.

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  • Marvin Scott
  • 11/06/2020

this book can help to begin the healing

This book can begin the healing and truthful conversations we need to have about race. I am an African American man and speaking from my experience. If all of my white, loving, kind, intelligent, progressive friends all read this book then My ability to be open and and honest about my experience would be immensely strengthened allowing us to connect as friends and fellow humans even deeper and easier. If you believe that black lives matter or all lives matter or any variation of that I implore you to take the step of reading this book. it is a matter of life and death for people of color.

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  • Maria Konstanzer
  • 18/06/2020

Auf den Punkt gebracht, ohne etwas schön zu reden

Ich habe viele Bücher über Antirassismus gelesen bzw gehört. Ich fand es großartig, dass die Autorin berichten konnte, ohne etwas zu minimieren oder sich selbst zu zensieren. Das liegt möglicherweise daran, dass sie selbst weiß ist. Schwarzen Autoren gelingt dieser Seilakt nicht immer, da sie Angst haben, ihr "weißes Publikum" zu verlieren. Ich würde es allen weiterempfehlen, die bereits einen Überblick in Rassismus haben und sich ihrer Position in der Gesellschaft klar sind.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 17/06/2020

Highly recommend this book to everyone

I really liked this book, how the author patiently describes the issue of systemic racism and why every white person should reflect on their behavior rather than assuming one is not racist and that it doesn't concern him/her. I hope that many will listen to it, internalize and use the learnings of this important book! Almost unthinkable if people would suddenly start interrupting racist behavior instead of protecting it, how things could really change for the better.

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  • Natalie
  • 13/01/2020

A necessary book, though nlcould be better

Meh... i wish they had focused on triggering empathy rather than lecturing. An excellent topic though.