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Dr. Robin DiAngelo
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.
Dr. Robin DiAngelo
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"The BEST book I’ve read on racism in a very long time. Racism is not an isolated and extreme act of prejudice and certainly not mutually exclusive to good and moral behavior. Let go of the good/bad binary construct that states that only bad people are racist. This erroneous idea is what silently continues to perpetuate racism. I wish every single white person I ever interacted with was willing to endure the “discomfort” that comes from learning about growing up in a racism-based society. "
"Definitely one I will revisit"
"I felt this book was almost full of hyberbole . There was definitely some strong points to be made, however I felt the message was lost or hard to find underneath the examples.<br/><br/>I'm still working on making sure it isn't just me rejecting the message, however I feel there are probably better books to work towards. Further reading in the topic would allow me to make a more fair assessment."
"Probably the most poorly thought through book I have ever read "