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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White FragilityVery insightful! Every white person should read..Score: 5/5

Racist garbageThe author apparently has never read a history book in their life. This is racist garbage.Score: 1/5

This author is in it for the money.What a load of crap. Don’t waste your money..Score: 1/5

BrilliantI throughly enjoyed this book. I’m lowkey excited to point out white fragility next time I see it!.Score: 5/5

Left-wing equivalent to Mein KampfThis is not dismantling racism, it’s promoting it. Why can’t people wake up to this?.Score: 1/5

Thoughtless trash.Ignoring that this book is simply flat-out racist, I really dispose of the idea that if white people disagree with you they’re fragile. Now, this may go right over your sheltered little heads, but some people don’t actually believe in systemic racism. Completely ignoring their ideas and calling them “fragile” really shows that you don’t know what you’re talking about. You people will stereotype/make fun of republicans all day long, but the second one of us tries to have an argument, you turn your backs. They’re fragile, they’re uneducated, they’re xyz. It’s a cope..Score: 1/5

Every American should read this bookThis book will help every American understand how deeply rooted racism in our country. I see by other reviews that white supremacists do not appreciate this book... persona de la mundo..Score: 5/5

Bull honkeyIt’s funny how (it) is more offended than other people.Score: 1/5

Racist TrashIt’s unbelievable this is allowed in book stores. It is so blatantly racist that I assumed it was written by someone on the far right as a joke..Score: 1/5

Biased garbageThis was a waste of money, this book does make great toilet paper though...highly recommend it for that..Score: 1/5

Terrible BookReverse racism.Score: 1/5

ExcellentI learned so much from this book, I highly recommend this book to anyone who cares anything about racism. I am so thankful I found this book..Score: 5/5

Turning point, NOT white hateIn all honesty, when I started an antiracist book club, this was the book I wanted to read the least. It sounded too polarizing to me. It sounded like white hate to me. But my friends voted on this one. It was not an easy read. But I am very glad I did it. I love how the author gives us the tools to talk about racism comfortably. How else can we eradicate racism if we cannot talk about it logically? Once I passed the turning point and realized that calling out racism does not equal white hate, then I realized this book is not white hate at all. In theory, this book gave me tools to be less polarizing. (Not always in practice lol! I’m still practicing) I highly recommend doing it as a book club. It was very beneficial to be able to talk about it over the course of a month with my white friends. It really solidified many of the principles that were talked about in the book and made them habit..Score: 5/5

Seemed fine.Well, I was only able to read the first 56 pages, but it all seems fine. It’s ironic that the book is called “White Fragility” and people are commenting with their own white fragility. “It’s too divisive,” “It makes me feel guilty,” “Why should I be ashamed of who I am?” Well hundreds of years of slavery and oppression is why you should feel a little uneasy. I’m white, by the way... the author was respectful, and made it clear they didn’t believe all white people were bad. Even when they wrote that we are all racist, they made sure to explain it to mean that we all have unconscious bias, not that we are all demons. There are so many people rating this one star - why? Because it made YOU uncomfortable for a change? Oh come on! That’s the fragility the author’s talking about, so you’re really just proving their point. And some people even said this was like Hitler’s book. Really? You’re trying to compare a white person reading a book telling them how to not be racist to a Jew reading a book about why they shouldn’t exist? Wow. You guys are cry-babies. Almost...... fragile? You need to toughen up and stop taking everything so personally, you need to accept the truth and not take it as an attack on who you are. I think white people should feel a bit guilty for a change, or at least try and not be so racist. Don’t know if you guys are capable of that yet. You need to grow up first..Score: 5/5

Extremely racist book!This is under the “dismantle racism” section yet it’s an EXTREMELY racist book written by an admitted racist!.Score: 1/5

Title in itself is grossly offensive.This book is undoubtedly racist in nature. It doesn’t take long to realize this is a modern rendition on Hitler’s Mein Kampf, but instead, replaces Jews with white people. This is not equality, this is dangerous literature and should not be taken seriously. Would give less than a star if I could. A true sham..Score: 1/5

Buuullll craaaaaapI haven read this book, and i don’t need to. i saw a person writing a review talking about why white people should feel guilty, and it’s because of hundreds of YEARS of slavery. so here’s what i have to say: 1.) slavery in the americas didn’t last hundreds of years. 2.) your also saying that slavery is still a thing today? i don’t know about you, but when i look in farms and other places i don’t see black people working with chains on, i don’t see black people being enslaved. and if you do, i suggest you get some glasses, then you’ll realize it’s an 80 years old white guy working harder than you are. another thing i want to say is that i’ve heard people saying that white people will never understand what it’s like be black. i beg to differ, because last time i checked, we were all human right? we all have fingers? hands? toes? feet? eyes, mouth, a heart, lungs, and in most cases, brains? what’s different than your experience than my than what you CHOOSE to do? i grew up with to large clothes, i grew up in a poor family, i grew up and was bullied. did i let that stop me? no. did a lot of other people, white and black, let that stop them? yes. and there’s the difference. it’s mindset is what it is. if you think “oh darn, i’m black so i can’t do a bunch of stuff,” that’s what your gonna do right? your not gonna try and do stuff because you’ve been telling yourself your whole life your limited by your skin color. but if you say, “hey, i’m black, but what does that matter? hey, i’m not the richest man alive, but what does that matter? i can be.” then you’ll actually try! the same goes for white people too. the color of your skin isn’t what stops you, it’s the state of your mind that does. and one more thing: the only walls that separate are the walls that we put up, which means that they weren’t there before. that also means THEY CAN COME DOWN. the only thing that stops us is ourselves. luck, or skin color, or anything else has nothing to do with it..Score: 1/5

(breaks phone in rage somebody would target white people)So it’s ok to stereotype white people but it’s not ok to stereotype the other races of people (there are too many too put specifically) so yeah think about that Also how are there no African Americans who are deemed racist do they get a get out of jail free card or... Too bad our ancestors weren’t slaves so we could be on the “right” side of history Ps no I’m not a white supremace Also I’m looking for a girlfriend so yeah peace out beotch.Score: 1/5

HorribleStupid nonsense.Score: 1/5

Required reading for whitesFor white propel who consider themselves allies, or people who are interested in becoming allies by educating themselves of racism, racial relations, and how it affects people of color, this is the book for you..Score: 5/5

Black FragilityCall a black person a racial slur, they'll scream and try to fight you. Call a white person a racist term and they shrug or laugh at you. We need to confront the fragility of the Black community. Why do so few black men want to confront the issue of fatherlessness? That's very fragile of them. In all seriousness, though, I think the author needs to reconsider the fact that a white person can disagree with an assertion made about racism in this country, while not being inherently defensive/fragile about it..Score: 1/5

PropagandaNot helpful and doesn’t rely on facts..Score: 1/5

Absolute jokeTell poor Appalachian whites who receive no government help, no financial assistance for college, and no preferential admissions how privileged and fragile they are. You’ll probably get punched in the face..Score: 1/5

The art of the LieA pile of racist feces. This book is unAmerican, racially divisive, race hustling, and white liberals propaganda. This book should be used in one’s fireplace..Score: 1/5

Leftist wokester garbageSo many contradicting points in the book she acknowledges but completely blows over them. this book is for those who are dedicated to upholding the narrative at all costs regardless of facts, need their dopamine rush by constant virtue signaling and hopping/following the latest trending bandwagon.Score: 1/5

Left wing indoctrinationGarbage.Score: 1/5

Author is rightTo everyone calling the author racist....THE BOOK WAS WRITTEN ABOUT YOU! TAKE THIS INTO ACCOUNT AND LEARN FROM IT! DO BETTER WHITE PEOPLE!.Score: 5/5

White FragilityThis book relates the sentiments of a person who sees reality as shades of fault with other people for her personal perceptions of reality. The author claims credibility through academic credentials but, if such credentials do exist, they have been sadly narrow in scope and have endowed the author with but a very adjective concept of reality. It’s a shame; a shame because on the flare-up of racial tensions in the U. S. in the fall of 2020 it is my understanding that this book’s shallowness was read and, perhaps influenced, many people. I rated it four stars for being published at the right time to gain traction from a momentary rising tied of heated national emotion. The publisher actually deserves a five-star for the timing. I also gave it a four-star because, in spite of the author’s circumscribed view of the world of human interaction I believe she truly believed what she wrote. I simply hope she will mentally and emotionally grow enough to work positively over the coming years to help bridge the divides she describes so narrowly in White Fragility..Score: 4/5

GrowingThis was an excellent book. I gave me a lot to reflect upon as a white person. I think this is a great start to truly understanding what racism truly is and how it affects our behaviors and attitudes. Well done. I have a lot of work to do!.Score: 5/5

Really bad.Basically it’s how a white woman got rich exploiting black issues and race relations in America. Pure trash..Score: 1/5

An informative readAfter reading How To Be an Antiracist by Kendi, my book club chose White Fragility. D’Angelo’s simplistic way of breaking down biases and privilege was appreciated. She keeps it easy to understand, and it was refreshing to read. I also like her first hand experiences while doing her diversity training. Her focus on white triggers was super helpful in guiding conversations with other people. Thank you for a great read!.Score: 5/5

JokeSad..Score: 1/5

Complete CrapI’ll wait to read a pirated copy. Buying it is a form of capitalism and would benefit the author. I will be sure to read a “looted” copy. Thank you!.Score: 1/5

This is an attack on white peopleWhy are we supposed to “generalize” white people? They can’t control their skin color any more than a black person can. As a multiracial person I would commend you to look past this book and see that skin color is melanin, something outside of your control..Score: 1/5

White fragilityGiving this book zero stars is still giving it recognition it does not deserve. Obviously the author has her own issues with her own racism. To say you are racist because you say you aren’t is just ridiculous. Racism is learned, not inherent because of the color of skin you are born with! What a sham this woman is making money, let alone being used as an example of how people should think about their “whiteness”. To think it is required reading at some companies and schools only gives me hope it is an example of how to spot a fraud and learn to critically think..Score: 1/5

Your fragility showsI wasn’t going to write a review until I read all of the butt hurt white fragile reviews. This is exactly the attitude the author is trying to help her readers examine and unhinge. I have a feeling that many of the negative reviews are from people who just read the title and felt offended. This book and more like it are a good place to start but only if you actually READ the book and as you begin to feel offended, recognize that is your white fragility. It’s okay..Score: 5/5

C- on concept but some decent practical tipsLike so many left leaning people talking about this subject, she brings too much politics into it even though she professes to offer a social solution. Also, you kind of get a vibe from this book that she has lots of failures in trying to teach white people about diversity and finally concluded it’s not her fault at all, but her subject’s fault for being so fragile. If you can sift through the flawed assumptions, soulless rejection of individuality and unconvincing distinction between “fragility” from plain old defensiveness and obstinance, you can find some practical tips for group discussions at work on this topic..Score: 3/5

Many claims, zero evidenceIt’s truthfully been difficult getting through this book. The arguments are not really arguments at all. There’s no structure, thesis, or evidence to back up assertions. Every chapter is just claim after claim after claim. A compilation of quotes from other authors, glued together with more claims. Cannot dissuade you enough from reading it..Score: 1/5

An Utter Remarkable Racist ReadI’ve never read something as radically racist in modern reads than what I’ve read in this book. Do yourself a favor and avoid this atrocity..Score: 1/5

A book on how to be a rascistThis book is disgusting at its core and should be pulled from all platforms. This woman is a fraud and a racist. To think that this will/is a part of our youth’s curriculum should be of concern to EVERYONE. Telling any child that they are racist based on being born with a specific color skin is repugnant. Knowledge is power and everyone needs to know that this woman is an absolute disgrace to society. We have all been working on ending racism and this woman is promoting it..Score: 1/5

This is why you can’t succeedBlaming white people for your lease in life will not make you happy or successful. Give it a rest. You cried wolf too many times. People are “racism”d out. Get a job, have a family, keep it together. Stop having 27 kids with 24 different women. Black men need to step up and be men, not thugs..Score: 1/5

Very helpfulThis book has opened up my eyes to so many aspects of my life and surroundings. It has also helped me to have hard conversations with friends and family regarding race and BLM - so helpful given the current state of the nation..Score: 5/5

Just for recommendingI could write this book if I wanted to. I could also drive off a cliff if I wanted to. The real question is, why am I being recommended this book?.Score: 1/5

GarbageJust another racist author telling “racist” people how not to be racist by being racist so other so-called “anti-racists” can whack it to being racist anti-racists. 0/10 wouldn’t recommend, but the racists will..Score: 1/5

There is such thing as racismThere is such thing as racism, but we don’t have it now. Some people will call ME racist for saying that, in fact, some people call others racist just for being white. Now people that hate on the left or talk bad about them don’t see THEIR perspective. They think of it as the truth and some people do face racism but not by the police. Just a few bad apples doesn’t mean that the entire police force should be DEFUNDED. That will make people be left on the streets destroying our cities and communities left out on the streets that we had to work for. If we do actually do something about the police, trust me, we will have far more problems than we have now..Score: 1/5

Total waste of timeUtterly worthless, just another part of the ‘woke’ culture trying to use racism for their own ends. I would rate this vile heap of trash lower if I could.Score: 1/5

Required Reading for all White PeopleThere’s a lot of cognitive dissonance involved in the reading because it requires us, as white people, to acknowledge the myriad ways in which racism, and our racist society, benefits us. It is only through deep analysis and confronting our flaws that we become better allies, and less of a threat to black people. Thank you, Robin DiAngelo, for this important book..Score: 5/5

Written like a thorough discussionDiAngelo writes like she has had “the talk” with white people about their unexamined racial bias thousands of times and this is her long-form response. Anyone familiar with campaign work or door to door sales is familiar with having a “dialogue tree” of answers for several common reactions to your “ask” and obviously DiAngelo has enough for a book! This is an excellent introduction to Anti-Racism from a personal improvement perspective..Score: 4/5

If you’re white read thisEvery white person in America should read this book. Maybe then we have a chance to dismantle white privilege even just a little bit. I also love that this book was written by a white person, because they will never understand what it’s like to be black but they are willing to be an ally well enough to write a book. Signed, a woke white person Ps I am reading reviews were people are comparing the author to Hitler and saying that this book is crap... my response would be that it must be very hard as a racist white people to read this book and come to terms with what is actually going on within America and themselves so much so they felt the need to write a review and call the author racist. It’s such a sad state to be in and those people more than anyone need to read this book with an open heart and open mind. The author is unbiased and neutral if anything and stating facts/data as a professional..Score: 5/5

TrashPure garbage. Author should be ashamed of putting out such divisive trash..Score: 1/5

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White FragilityI read this book because I was curious. I couldn’t believe that it could be as bad as many reviewer‘s had said. It is! The authors approach as far as I can tell is this: first redefine common English words in order to obfuscate and elicit maximum negative response from your reader. Wait until well into the book to actually provide the new definitions in order to ensure maximum confusion. Employee circular logic wherever possible. Miss state or twist the facts in order to fit your conclusions, or use outright falsehoods. State opinions as facts then draw wildly illogical conclusions. Most importantly make your thesis unfalsifiable by straw manning your critics arguments and then stating upfront that anyone who says these things is actually racist and therefore proves your point. Then repeat, repeat, repeat. I hesitate to recommend this book because doing so would put more money in the pocket of the author. However it’s probably worth it because any thinking person who reads this may finally come to the conclusion that all of this anti-racist/Neo Marxist/critical theory bunk is exactly that. I actually went into this hoping to be challenged and maybe expecting to feel a little uncomfortable. I didn’t feel the least bit uncomfortable because it’s such poorly written garbage that I couldn’t take it seriously and therefore it elicited no emotional response in me whatsoever. Except maybe sadness that people are falling for this and that someone like this woman is actually hired to teach in our institutions. This book is my hope that the absurdity may finally be exposed..Score: 1/5

Lots of introspectionI genuinely enjoyed this book. Even as a woman of colour I found this book to be incredibly helpful in reassessing my personal prejudices. Make sure you take the time to absorb the material and really apply it to yourself before moving on to the next chapter..Score: 5/5

It’s a cult manualDenouncing racism with the use of racism couldn’t be any more ironic. This woman is exploiting black struggles for clout & money..Score: 1/5

Divisive arguments based on unprovable claims.This book helps to make things worse. Claims race is central to your identity and castigates entire groups. Non-scientific, nonsense.Score: 1/5

TerribleAbsolutely shockingly ignorant..Score: 1/5

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