White Fragility - Robin DiAngelo

White Fragility

By Robin DiAngelo

  • Release Date: 2018-06-26
  • Genre: Social Science
Score: 4
4
From 1,287 Ratings

Description

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.

Reviews

  • Racist

    1
    By saywelldurr
    Literally the biggest contradiction I’ve ever read
  • Mostly garbage

    1
    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

    1
    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

    1
    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.
  • Racist drivel

    1
    By Dtrain1
    Horrid. Racist.
  • Helpful

    4
    By QueenBLS
    I found the book eye opening in terms of the excuses I her from fellow white folks when confronted with the subject of race. The points made were helpful in breaking down racism as a system. If you’re taking it personally you’re missing the point.
  • Avoid.

    1
    By Kenobi-1971
    Fascist garbage.
  • Pitiful

    1
    By KO6721
    For pathetic self-loathers.
  • Regression

    1
    By yourmomsfaceshouse
    To those who are giving this book five stars and then claiming the one star reviews are indicative of the necessity of this book, you aren’t making any kind of argument. This book is not only poorly written, poorly argued and repetitive, but it misrepresents history and is patently reductive. Imagine replacing white with any other color in this book. The world would regard it as hate speech. There are a bunch of vignettes in which the author reveals her own personal racism, and then indicts all white people with it. In one example she’s nervous about possibly going to a party that’s all black. Sorry but I’ve never thought that, the author is projecting here. There’s a section on Jackie Robinson that retcons history by assuming the thought process of whites who supported him. This woman is clearly a hustler who is trying to sew racial division. Instead of this drivel, read something else by a great black American. Instead of this drivel, read something else by a great black American. Thomas Sowell’s “Discrimination and Disparities” was written around the same time and is brilliantly argued with hard data and no agenda.
  • Garbage

    1
    By CMRB56
    Handbook to teaching white people to hate themselves based on the color of their skin.