New York Times Bestseller

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

Product Code: 6746
ISBN: 9780807047415
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Beacon Press
Published Date: 06/26/2018
Pages: 192
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Price: $16.00
The July 2018 Justice and Spirit: Unitarian Universalist Book Club selection.

New York Times Bestseller

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 draws 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?


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Foreword by Michael Eric Dyson
Author's Note

Introduction: We Can't Get There from Here

1 The Challenges of Talking to White People About Racism
2 Racism and White Supremacy
3 Racism After the Civil Rights Movement
4 How Does Race Shape the Lives of White People?
5 The Good/Bad Binary
6 Anti-Blackness
7 Racial Triggers for White People
8 The Result: White Fragility
9 White Fragility in Action
10 White Fragility and the Rules of Engagement
11 White Women's Tears
12 Where Do We Go from Here
Resources for Continuing Education
Acknowledgments
Notes

"The value in White Fragility lies in its methodical, irrefutable exposure of racism in thought and action, and its call for humility and vigilance."

-The New Yorker

"[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, Starred Review

"White Fragility is a book everyone should be exposed to. With any luck, most who are will be inspired to search themselves and interrupt their contributions to racism."

-Shelf Awareness, Starred Review

"A valuable guide . . . While especially helpful for those new to the critical analysis of whiteness, this work also offers a useful refresher to anyone committed to the ongoing process of self-assessment and anti-oppression work."

-Library Journal

"A penetrating new book."

-Pacific Standard

"A vital, necessary, and beautiful book, a bracing call to white folk everywhere to see their whiteness for what it is and to seize the opportunity to make things better now."

-Michael Eric Dyson

"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

"As powerful forces of white racism again swell, DiAngelo invites white progressives to have a courageous conversation about their culture of complicity. . . . White Fragility provides important antiracist understanding and essential strategies for well-intentioned white people who truly endeavor to be a part of the solution."

-Glenn E. Singleton, author of Courageous Conversations About Race

"Robin DiAngelo demonstrates an all-too-rare ability to enter the racial conversation with complexity, nuance, and deep respect. Her writing establishes her mastery in accessing the imaginal, metaphoric mind where the possibility for transformation resides. With an unwavering conviction that change is possible, her message is clear: the incentive for white engagement in racial justice work is ultimately self-liberation."

-Leticia Nieto, coauthor of Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment

"White fragility is the secret ingredient that makes racial conversations so difficult and achieving racial equity even harder. But by exposing it and showing us all-including white folks-how it operates and how it hurts us, individually and collectively, Robin DiAngelo has performed an invaluable service. An indispensable volume for understanding one of the most important (and yet rarely appreciated) barriers to achieving racial justice."

-Tim Wise, author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son

"Robin DiAngelo's White Fragility brings language to the emotional structures that make true discussions about racial attitudes difficult. With clarity and compassion, DiAngelo allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to 'bad people.' In doing so, she moves our national discussions forward with new 'rules of engagement.' This is a necessary book for all people invested in societal change through productive social and intimate relationships."

-Claudia Rankine
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