WHITE FRAGILITY

by Robin DiAngelo

Historical and cultural analyses on what causes defensive moves by white people and how this inhibits cross-racial dialogue.

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    • Awful. The author deludes herself, thinking her white and black readers have no idea how to relate, live on different planets, and, that DiAngelo is required to be their guide. She acts like African-Americans speak a different language. She doesn't understand the concept of individuality very well, either, gneralizing about everyone. "African-Americans are sensitive about their hair." IF this book represents "progress," we're in bad shape.
    • According to this author, those that are identified as white (not necessarily those who identify AS white) are guilty of racism and must be prepared to be tongue-lashed by her. It is curious that somehow denigrating a person by their skin color is not racist when done by a person of the same appearance. It is a popular book for those that need more of a reason to feel bad about themselves.Ironically, the subject is timely and through reading other sources of information on institutionalized racism, I have noticed many examples of this. The articles were well written and effective in that I was not made to feel that anything I did or said was automatically suspect and therefore invalid. A state of paralysis is not one from which change can occur.
    • The author clearly and relentlessly articulates the thoughts behind a lifelong struggle for me. Consciousness raising and practical. Read it. You must. Nothing to do with “left”or “right” or what political party you belong to (or not.). This is about personal growth and understanding. It is about improving ourselves, our country and the human world.
    • Having grown up in the southern US in the 1960's, I've associated -- until recently anyway -- the term "racism" with what I've called "Bull Connor" racism: overt, aggressive and violent. This book has helped me come to terms with my own racism, and more importantly provided tools to not only recognize such racism but to deal with it in a constructive manner. I only wish I could get my brother to read it.
    • We cannot escape race. It is everywhere. And in what we refer to as the "Western world," race tends to slant one way. "White" is considered the norm; anything else is the "other" and, therefore, inferior and oppressed. And it can be hard to discuss this, because white people tend to feel an innate guilt.Robin Diangelo's argument in WHITE FRAGILITY is that racism and white supremacy are a part of white culture--we can't escape this. But we can address it. We can stop running from it. To do otherwise is to perpetuate these very things that most of us condemn. This is a slim volume, but it packs a wallop. I come from a rural small town, but have considered myself progressive for some time. I've recognized that I'm not truly above racism--none of us are, ultimately, Diangelo argues--but this book still made me think, and not just about myself, but about my friends and family, who will look you in the eye and tell you they aren't racist, and then tell an off-color joke with offensive terminology. I believe, ultimately, the people who truly need to read this book won't; but it will help those of us who do read it perhaps change a few minds, if only our own. An important, almost necessary read, especially as we enter these dark times that lay before us.