White Fragility ~ Robin DiAngelo

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

Rating: 4/5

Loved it. Not a lot of new information, but great ways to talk about and think about the vulnerability inherent in talking about race and how to tune in to it and call it out.

Lots of people, including myself, can get defensive when we are told something we said or did is racist. There’s a reason for that, and it’s that we have grown up in a racist society. The more we notice our reactions, call attnetion to microaggressions and everyday acts of racism, the more we can root it out once and for all. DiAngelo packs this book full of sentences that she’s said or heard from other people when talking about race, mostly sentences that are well-intentioned but that completely miss the point and don’t call out their implicit bias or subversive racism. White Fragility reminds us how harmful those statements and behaviors are when not addressed and when responsibility is not taken.

This is a great read for people looking to better understand themselves, particularly white people. Why do we have so much implicit bias? How do we stop taking it so personally when people call us out on our racism? There are great suggestions and anecdotal evidence filling these pages. Please check it out if you are a white person.

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