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Publisher's Summary

Groundbreaking book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when discussing racism that serve to protect their positions and maintain racial inequality

Antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo first coined the term "white fragility" in 2011, and since then it's been invoked by critics from Samantha Bee to Charles Blow. "White fragility" refers to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially. These include emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors including argumentation and silence. In this book, DiAngelo unpacks white fragility, explaining the underlying sociological phenomena. She'll draw on examples from her work and scholarship, as well as from the culture at large, to address these fundamental questions: How does white fragility develop? What does it look like? How is it triggered? What can we do to move beyond white fragility and engage more constructively?

©2018 Robin DiAngelo (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“[T]houghtful, instructive, and comprehensive... This slim book is impressive in its scope and complexity; DiAngelo provides a powerful lens for examining, and practical tools for grappling with, racism today.” (Publishers Weekly)

“As a woman of color, I find hope in this book because of its potential to disrupt the patterns and relationships that have emerged out of long-standing colonial principles and beliefs. White Fragility is an essential tool toward authentic dialogue and action. May it be so!” (Shakti Butler, president of World Trust and director of Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible)

“A rare and incisive examination of the system of white body supremacy that binds us all as Americans... With authenticity and clarity, she provides the antidote to white fragility and a road map for developing white racial stamina and humility. White Fragility loosens the bonds of white supremacy and binds us back together as human beings.” (Resmaa Menakem, author of My Grandmother’s Hands and Rock the Boat)

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Good book but...

Overall, this was a good book but I have read all of the books Robin DiAngelo references in her book and she simply placed a white wrapper around the thoughts of these other authors, most of whom are authors of color. As a person of color in an extremely white workplace who is forced to navigate racism and white fragility on a daily basis, I see the value in presenting the work of a white person to my organization as a stepping stone to start the conversation. As a person of color, I am also deeply bothered by having to do so. In doing this, it actually feeds into the pitfalls and concerns DiAngelo discusses. I think this book is an excellent starting person for white people interested in delving into the topic. I would suggest people of color start with some of the reference books especially Bonilla-Silva’s Racism Without Racists and Ibram Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning.

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important

Every white liberal / progressive should read this book. There is so much we think we understand but don't really.

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REQUIRED READING

Hello! Please read this book if you feel the need to better yourself. I, as a adult black male, read this book as a way to help heighten my knowledge when faced with implicit racism. Me and a white customer of mine are always having race discussions and my knowledge now will help me better explain to him the false binary. Thanks to the author for the gained knowledge and insight.

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Very challenging and important

White Fragility is an important analysis of the racial divide in America today. I’m so glad I read it and hope to be able to take to heart it’s lessons. This was so helpful to break down the impasse that develops when reconciliation attempts are made.

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Great read

Every White person should read this book & I am a better person for wrestling with it's topics. I plan on integrating this into my supervision & teaching.

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Read instead of listen

The woman who read the book sounded like the automated voice you get when you get stuck on hold with a major company. It was so dull and monotone that, had I not really wanted to hear what the author had to say, I would've returned the book very early on. Now that I've finished listening, I wonder how much of the meaning was lost on me because of my frustration with the choice of reader.

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Mandatory reading for every white person!

I highly recommend this book to everyone! DiAngelo breaks down the topic like never before!

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A must read for White People

By far, one of the BEST reads on White Privilege. If you are ready to take an honest look at privilege and embrace some uncomfortable truths, I highly recommend this book! #gotprivilege

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Required reading for white people

Excellent information on how to engage on race as a white person. I learned so much and this will definitely be a book I listen to again.

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Insightful Read

Great book. I plan on listening to/reading it again. This is the most in-depth book I’ve read on white fragility thus far.

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  • Elaine E
  • 09-05-18

life changing book!

As a white female progressive, I found this book one of the most honest and compassionate ways of showing me my blind spots. It's was painful to hear my own defensive stances, and my own 'I'm not a racist' perspectives, and I will be every thankful that Robin, has opened my world to racism and my place in it. Absolute recommend read!

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  • CFye
  • 10-02-18

Excellent.

A very thorough discussion of white fragility & privilege, the roles these play in maintaining unequal racial status, and how to step out of the expected narratives.
Recommend listening on 1.25 or 1.5 speed.

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  • Leigh
  • 08-21-18

Transformative and mind expanding!

Brilliant. Although I would consider myself a progressive white person, the content of this book has opened my mind up to some of my implicit blind spots that would have an ongoing, pervasive and significant impact on people of colour, individually and collectively. This book was challenging to listen to at times but the nudge motivates me to want to learn more about myself and the product of my conditioning that I am. Thank you!