Progressives Book Club

Meets the 2nd Monday of each month to discuss books that explore issues like racism, progressive politics, environmental activism, and equal rights for all.


White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiangeloMonday, February 10th at 7:00pm

 

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin Diangelo

 

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.

In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine). 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, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.



 

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780807047415
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Published: Beacon Press - June 26th, 2018