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White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
Genre: Non-Fiction | 192 Pages | Published: 6.26.18 by Beacon Press
Book Jacket Synopsis:
The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.
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, anti-racist educator Robin DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what can be done to engage more constructively.
Book Links: Amazon
Review & Thoughts
I was inspired to read White Fragility after reading Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho. I was able to listen to the audiobook for free on the Libby app. The only downside to listening to audio is that it’s not conducive to taking notes while reading. I wanted to take notes and write down quotes throughout the entire book!
White Fragility is an easy quick read and really packs an emotional punch. I 100% recommend this to everyone and think it’s a must read for anyone that considers themselves ‘color-blind’. We shouldn’t strive to be color-blind but rather we should have an appreciation. This book was easy to understand and so impactful.
Think you’re not racist? Read this book and have your eyes opened to how you can be better when it comes to white fragility and being a true white ally. There’s plenty of people that called out historical inaccuracies in this book and I can’t speak to that but I can say that the overall takeaway from this book makes it a must read.
Recommend for: | My Review Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
Book Format & Source: Audiobook via free Libby app
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