White Fragility

By Robin DiAngelo

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

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 ‘White Fragility’ refers 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 behaviours including argumentation and silence. These behaviours, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, anti-racist educator Robin DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what can be done to engage more constructively.

We highly recommend readers of Di Angelo’s work read BIPOC authors exploring these issues after this text. It is a good primer for the work of Lorde, hooks, Eddo Lodge and online teachers such as Layla F. Saad.