Welcome to The Ohio State University Libraries Guide to "White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism" by Robin DiAngelo, This guide offers resources for those who want to explore issues central to the book.
About the book
Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism
Dr. Robin DiAngelo explores the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality. Antiracist educator, Professor Robin DiAngelo, describes the phenomenon of white fragility and the practice of racism. She explains 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, Dr. DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.
How does White Fragility relate to my life experience?
You will find many themes and events in the book that relate to your life. During your lifetime, you will encounter new communities, cultures, ideas, and relationships.
Questions for readers (adapted fromWhite Fragility Reading Guide
We hope you enjoy reading "White Fragility."