White Fragility - Robin DiAngelo

White Fragility

By Robin DiAngelo

  • Release Date: 2018-06-26
  • Genre: Social Science
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 158 Ratings)


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.


  • Essential Reading

    By 58east
    This is an excellent book for those interested in developing a more honest relationship to their unavoidable social/culural conditioning as a white person.
  • Racial Calvinism

    By RyanDecember
    Apparently all white people are guilty of the original sin of “racism” and the must seek atonement from “people of color” (such a strange, sacralizing phrase) in order to pay their indulgences. Bizarre. Don’t be pathetic my “fellow whites,” reject this narrative wholesale.
  • Predictable & Misguided

    By realdieu
    Couple opportunity with a provocative title and you get answers to problems that don’t exist. Sadly, the intent is to racially bifurcate both black and white people. Unfortunately, the author fails to address the monetary agenda of these small groups perpetuating racism.
  • Fantastic

    By Danyray
    It is 100% essential for young white men to read this book. As someone who needed this book in their life, I ended up spending a good amount of time reflecting and learning during my read through. Extremely important book and will be reccommending it to others.
  • Powerful and moving

    By fellow gardener
    This is a vital book for every American. It requires courage though. It ain’t easy. It’s messy. But it is precisely what is needed for justice and healing. Deep breathing and honest wherewithal - it’s a matter of ones integrity. And after all, this is the home of the brave, right? Stunning brilliance well articulated.
  • Necessary and Important

    By LAB0402
    Fantastic and informative read. I highly recommend this to any and everyone. It should be mandatory reading in schools and universities to start and guide open and effective communication. Excellent!
  • Fantastic book!

    By Judgey McJudgerson
    This is an incredibly helpful and eye opening book. I’m so grateful to have read it.
  • Trash

    By What a hilarious app
    It’s so hard for white people to talk about racism because blacks immediately call them “racist” no matter what they say.