This is a liberating book. This book's biggest contribution is its redefinition of racism . It allows the white reader to breathe a sigh of relief and just get to work to uncover our blind spots. The book is specific with examples of the embedded thinking that drives our racist behaviors, and it invites us to take full responsibility for our racism . We can stop expecting to be rescued by anyone! The author makes a distinction that allows us to shed psychological guilt ( It gives a brilliant assertion of the function of white guilt which keeps racism snugly in place) and allows for the giving and receiving of feedback that make authentic relationships among the races possible. White Fragility is a profoundly hopeful book which can help us become a better people and a stronger country (USA), because it can help us to finally acknowledge the truth of how we built America and why we collude to keep t h e status quo.