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

Nonfiction | Book | Adult | Published in 2018

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

  • Genre: Nonfiction; racial and social justice
  • Originally Published: 2018
  • Reading Level/Interest: College/Adult
  • Structure/Length: 12 chapters with introduction and resources; approx. 192 pages; approx. 6 hours, 21 minutes on audio
  • Central Concern: DiAngelo explores how white people should address racism, challenge its entrenched forms, and escape racist assumptions.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Racism and white supremacy; race relations; the role gender plays in racism and race relations

Robin DiAngelo, Author

  • Bio: American academic, lecturer, author; consultant and trainer; former professor of multicultural education at Westfield State University; an Affiliate Associate Professor of Education at the University of Washington; coined the term “white fragility” in a 2011 academic essay in the International Journal of Critical Pedagogy
  • Other Works: Is Everybody Really Equal? (with Özlem Sensoy; 2012); What Does it Mean to Be White? (2012); Nice Racism: How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm (2021)
  • Awards: Starred review from Publishers Weekly (2018)

CENTRAL THEMES connected and noted throughout this Teaching Unit:

  • How White Resistance to Thinking and Talking About Race Leads to Complicity in Systemic Racism
  • Discomfort as a Trigger
  • Children’s Socialization in a Racist Society

STUDY OBJECTIVES: In accomplishing the components of this Unit, students will: