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White Fragility

Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

By Robin DiAngelo
19-minute read
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White Fragility : Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

White Fragility (2018) aims to do exactly what its subtitle says: to explain why white people find it so difficult to talk about racism, particularly within an American context. The answers are surprisingly complicated and illuminating, as they tie together some of the darkest strands of American history with the most fundamental ideologies of American society.

This is a Blinkist staff pick

A must-read for any white American, or anybody who wants a better understanding of the systemic racism that underpins and defines American society. These blinks are one of those nuggets of knowledge that can really turn your whole world upside down, if you're open to it. So, embrace the challenge, question your current perceptions of the world, and see where your white fragility stands.”

– Tracy, Editor at Blinkist

  • White people who feel uncomfortable talking about racism  
  • People of color who wonder why white people are so uncomfortable talking about racism
  • Antiracism advocates who want to better understand that discomfort

For more than 20 years, Robin DiAngelo has been a consultant and educator on the issues of racial and social justice. She has facilitated many workshops dedicated to both issues and written many articles and books about them, including What Does It Mean to Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy. Currently a lecturer at the University of Washington, she was formerly a tenured professor of multicultural education at Westfield State University.

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