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White Fragility

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This is a book of essays about confronting whiteness. Here's something I wrote about it:

Read this for a book club at my job but then missed the meeting because of some BS. This is a good book in terms of confronting whiteness and stopping to focus on it, but because it starts at zero with people (like having to stop for a while to explain the definition of racism, etc), it felt a little slow.
-Rachel Wagner

Here's a description of it:

Anti-racist 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.