White Fragility

White Fragility

  • Release Date: Jun 26th, 2018
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Available File Format: PDF - ePUB - KINDLE - MOBI - AZW
  • File Size: 4.6 MB
Score: 3.5
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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.

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  • This book is racist trash.

    By hailsruth
    Do yourself a favor and don’t waste your time reading this book. Robin DiAngelo is nothing but a race baiter, using the black community as a pawn to make money.
  • White fragility

    By jrlago55
    This book is meant to make people who skin is not dark feel guilt as if some how the horrible things that happened in history was their doing. She alludes to white privileged by mentioning the son of Bill Gates but fails to note that Bill Gates came from nothing to building the worlds largest industry. She mention some of our nations Father but fail to say anything about ‘all men are created equal’ The most important statement about humanity this century came from Dr. Martin Luther King and without having to write a book it simply states that the measure of a person is the depth of his or her character and not the color of their skin. This book can be made into a bad horror film.
  • A Fabulous Con

    By SL41N
    Where thinking people go to melt. Robin has created an entire business around convincing corporations they are irreparably racist and need her team of professionals to mediate. All of her conclusions are financially convenient, and support the same capitalistic business model used by people in the self-help and coaching world. The goal is not to fix a problem. The goal of this book is to forever (and expensively—with the help of her people) keep you and your company’s bandaging the incurable disease of racism. And even that is giving it too much credit. The book is mentally confounding, logically embarrassing, and fully of presumptive fallacies. It is so dehumanizing to Black and White people through a shockingly reductive concept of race that at times it sounds spookily like Nazi-era eugenics. By all appearance, Robin’s vision aims to reduce individual and personal accountability to a non-factor when assessing communities or social systems. It asserts there is one explanation and one explanation alone (one that is eye-rollingly America-centric) to explain all of our conflicts and inequities. It is my personal opinion that Robin has struggled with severe racist thoughts throughout her life and this book is trying to compensate. In this book she has developed a racist, dehumanizing and literally nonsensical framework to explain away complex interpersonal, interracial, inter-generational, and inter-gender relationships. Like a child inventing a fantasy world to escape an abusive environment, Robin appears to have constructed a useful fantasy to escape her cauterized self-loathing and flagellating White shame.
  • Propaganda

    By Macintosh2911
    Define racism. Why is this book promoted by Jewish Supremacist? Yes, it’s a real thing. They’ve admitted decade after decade. Read their Talmud. It’s there in black & white. Makes you wonder 🤔 Plain & simple propaganda . “Now repeat after me, White people = bad. Good. Stir up that White guilt” Warning to racist peddlers, what you reap, you will sow.

    By Outlaw&Torn
    This book should be filed under ‘FICTION’! It’s incompetent and dishonestly written.
  • Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

    By Richard Bakare
    Racism is a system that upholds a racial divide which benefits whites. Racist patterns and behaviors are unconsciously embedded in even the most progressive whites by media, parental examples, egregious misrepresentations of people of color, and a culture that has defined their experience as the “norm.” As the author states, it is important to realize the history our respective groups bring with us in every interaction. This setting allows for more reflective interactions where the racial context is not hidden and can confronted without resorting to waving the “bloody shirt” that often divides us. The struggle to move past this blockade is almost solely in the court of white people. Even though all of us are operate within this system of racism. The agenda does not benefit people of color, and we don’t hold the keys to truly dismantling it. As I’ve learned frustratingly, when people of color push the race topic, the push back is usually, “why does everything have to be about race?” This book does an excellent job of highlighting that racism can be a big blind spot for white people and therefore they do not realize that the lived experience for others is vastly different from their own. So, yes, it is about race a lot of the time for the rest of us. Ultimately, DiAngelo asserts that white people must begin by becoming comfortable with their discomfort and engaging in difficult conversations without resorting to defensive postures. They can begin with asking these honest questions; “What has enabled you to be a full, educated, professional adult and not know what to do about racism?” ... How have we managed not to know, when the information is all around us?” This book was highly informative in understanding the internalized discomfort and visceral reaction to race that many people have. It made me better equipped to engage in these conversations with anyone and understand their defensiveness. A must read.
  • Racist

    By saywelldurr
    Literally the biggest contradiction I’ve ever read
  • Mostly garbage

    By Mb6294
    1. New rule: if you are a black person reading this book, that loves Robin DiAngelo’s views- that’s ok. But now, you have to stop getting mad at white people for listening to Candace Owens. It’s the same thing! 2. Google the definition of “racist”. Then, go to pages 78 & 79 (available for free in the sample download). She admits that it would be wrong for her to label anyone a racist if that is YOUR DEFINITION of the word. And if you go by that definition, it would be unfair of her to label you a racist. She says “I am not using that definition”. Then goes on to create her own definition of racist based solely on the white power structure that’s been in place for years and because of that, only white people can be racist. Even though Michael Eric Dyson compares whiteness to the devil in the forward. 3. In conclusion, the rest of the book does not apply to me, or many others, because I don’t accept her narrow definition of racism or her idea that only white people are capable of that, and no one else. It’s time for all of us to be honest and admit that we’re racist or prejudiced against SOMEONE. On a positive note, the book does help me understand “white privilege” - a term I can’t stand- a little more.
  • Simply racist

    By rsmoth4986
    This book is an exorcise in thought policing, by an out of touch old white woman who’s very career depends on her making others believe they are bad and need her to fix them.
  • The most racist thing I’ve ever read

    By BandMeeting
    DiAngelo has managed to appropriate a genuine movement by carefully not discussing any of the economic factors contributing to the adverse conditions affecting Black people. While conveniently grifting from major corporation to major corporation collecting her checks. She rewrites history, has no doctorate in social, clinical, neural psychology and is a racial essentialist. There’s studies that show that this approach can actually be counterintuitive and entrench bias. But she’ll never admit this, it would get in the way of those corporate fees she’s collecting.