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

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DiAngelo, Robin. What Does It Mean to Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy. Rev. NY: Peter Lang, 2012.

Sensoy, Özlem and DiAngelo, Robin. Is Everyone Really Equal?: An Introduction to Key Concepts in Social Justice Education. NY: Teachers College Press, 2012. 

DiAngelo, Robin. White Fragility:Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism. Boston:  Beacon Press, 2018.

About Dr. Robin DiAngelo

Dr. Robin DiAngelo

Dr. Robin DiAngelo is an author, educator, and lecturer. She has served as a consultant for government, business and non-profit organizations on issues of racial and social justice. Dr. DiAngelo is currently an Affiliate Associate Professor of Education at the University of Washington, Seattle where she has won the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work.

I grew up poor and white.  While my class oppression has been relatively visible to me, my race privilege has not.  In my efforts to uncover how race has shaped my life, I have gained deeper insight by placing race in the center of my analysis and asking how each of my other group locations have socialized me to collude with racism. In so doing, I have been able to address in greater depth my multiple locations and how they function together to hold racism in place. I now make the distinction that I grew up poor and white, for my experience of poverty would have been different had I not been white”

From: Robin DiAngelo, PhD Critical Racial & Social Justice Education 



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