Summary & Analysis of White Fragility: Why It's so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism: A Guide to the Book by Robin DiAngelo

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Please note: This is a summary and analysis of the book and not the original book. 

In this thought-provoking and incisive book, Robin DiAngelo tackles the issue of racism in America by challenging white supremacy. She asks white people to examine their culture and socialization in order to understand and disrupt racism as a system and structure. Download to own your copy today! What does this ZIP Reads Summary include? 

  • Synopsis of the original book
  • Chapter-by-chapter summaries
  • Key takeaways from each chapter
  • How racism is pervasive in American society
  • How to identify common, yet subtle racist behaviors
  • Advice to help fight systemic racism on a personal level
  • Editorial review
  • Background on the author

About the Original Book: In White Fragility: Why It’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, Robin DiAngelo explains how white people misunderstand the concept of racism and therefore, refuse to talk about it openly. She uses her experience as a diversity trainer to explain how America is inherently racist and that all white people must be courageous enough to see their complicity in the racist system. White Fragility digs deep into white culture and history to reveal some hidden facets of white society that many wouldn’t openly expose. DiAngelo’s goal is to teach white people how racism works at an individual level so that they can understand just how damaging it is to society as a whole - and hopefully, so they can fix it. 

DISCLAIMER: This book is intended as a companion to, not a replacement for, White Fragility. ZIP Reads is wholly responsible for this content and is not associated with the original author in any way.

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I bought the book after this Zip Read

It’s seems like a good synopsis. I’ll let you know after I read the book. Made me reflect on my own behavior. I can’t say if the author is 100% right but there is a lot to think about. If she is right we have a long way to go because according to her white america is finding ways to avoid the topic while appearing engaged in the resolution. It must really irritate black people the author suggests can see right though this dodging tactic.

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Interesting ideas, lots of generalizations

Some great food for thought here. Just be prepared to mentally transform the generalizations (“white people do ...”) to something with less certainty (“many white people...” or “white people tend to...”).