White Fragility

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 Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism is a 2018 book written by Robin DiAngelo about race relations in the United States. ..

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Avoid.1 star

Fascist garbage. 15


Pitiful1 star

For pathetic self-loathers. 15


Regression1 star

To those who are giving this book five stars and then claiming the one star reviews are indicative of the necessity of this book, you aren’t making any kind of argument. This book is not only poorly written, poorly argued and repetitive, but it misrepresents history and is patently reductive. Imagine replacing white with any other color in this book. The world would regard it as hate speech. There are a bunch of vignettes in which the author reveals her own personal racism, and then indicts all white people with it. In one example she’s nervous about possibly going to a party that’s all black. Sorry but I’ve never thought that, the author is projecting here. There’s a section on Jackie Robinson that retcons history by assuming the thought process of whites who supported him. This woman is clearly a hustler who is trying to sew racial division. Instead of this drivel, read something else by a great black American. Instead of this drivel, read something else by a great black American. Thomas Sowell’s “Discrimination and Disparities” was written around the same time and is brilliantly argued with hard data and no agenda. 15


Garbage1 star

Handbook to teaching white people to hate themselves based on the color of their skin. 15


Clearly a devotee of Timothy Leary1 star

Clearly this cisgender woman is a disciple of Timothy Leary and had been in some great acid trips   She has no understanding if anthropology and history   Only out there to make a buck   Bless her soul! She desires pity and she needs institutional help. And can you believe it, she’s making money in this capitalist society! Truly remarkable. 15

CNN me

Pure garbage1 star

A total joke 15


Terribly reductive account of structural racism1 star

This book does nothing but reduce a complex system of historical injustice to a set of overly simplistic antagonisms along racial lines. This book is a mess of essentialist race-baiting masquerading as insight. Long story short, it’s terribly misguided. 15

Obunga 2.0

Black Fragility2 star

Call 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 whites person can disagree with an assertion made about racism in the country and not be inherently defensive/fragile about it. 25


It’s actually the most awful book ever1 star

I’d prefer catching COVID over reading this again 15


Boring1 star

Not trying to be rude because I do care about race relations in the US. But this was sooooooo bloody boring. She like said the same thing over, and over, and over, and over, and guess what? Over again. Would not recommend. Basically everything you do or say is racist but she’s not???? I don’t get it and yes I’ve a college degree and didn’t vote for Trump in 2016, but I might have to if this is what the left is ooohing and ahhhing over. Literally this book isn’t even worth the paper it’s written on or the amount of energy it takes to e-read it. Literal garbage. At some point you can’t blame all of your problems on other people, please become a better writer, and mix it up a little because this is just so unbelievably bad. Not just the ideas but the writing style… ugh. And now I’m just going to be called a boomer and a racist. I just can’t even believe that this is a NYTBS I’m sorry but it’s not, and I’m seriously question everything I’ve ever read in the NYT because this book is that bad. And the fact that other people like this book and thought it was good is just so mind boggling to me. Like did y’all even read this? Because I specifically spent time trying to read and comprehend this, but it’s hard when my 2 yr niece makes more sense than this book. Would not recommend -80000/10. 15


This was a great read5 star

All these 1 Star comments are reinforcing the ideas brought up in this book! It’s amazing 55

M. Spaunder

Please read this book5 star

The one star reviews were left by people who either skimmed over the book or do not have sufficient comprehension skills. There is no time like the present to have these uncomfortable conversations about racism and take a step in the right direction. I will continue to recommend this book to every person I cross paths with. 55


Amazing novel5 star

The reviews prove how fragile their whiteness is; it’s spot on to the content of the book. Great read, informative, and very realistic. Most BIPOC already know or have experienced much that’s in the book, however it’s a eye opener for non-POC people ( even though they obviously aren’t taking the truth well in these reviews). 55

Bob Bobby bill

Another leftist attempt to block growth1 star

Same liberal garbage you’d find on a trump hate group on Facebook. If you want some political knowledge just watch Colion Noir on YouTube. 15


It doesn’t say anything1 star

None of the concepts are followed up with good examples, or rational thoughts. Not very convincing. Don’t waste your time, just propaganda. 15

And it rilly is

Bad Book!1 star

Orange man bad! I bad! Bad bad white weak. Liars all. Shame. Shame! Bad bad 15


Proved her right5 star

Literally all of the one star reviews are people who are using their white fragility to say why DiAngelo makes no sense. Just proves how accurate this book is! 55

impossible to select a name

White Fragility2 star

A liberal activists political diatribe. 25


Absolute Garbage1 star

The writer did nothing more than scribble down unsubstantiated claims based on her own experiences and the entire book was written to impose her belief that all white people are racists and should apologize for being white. Don’t waste your time on this nonsense. How anyone can rate this higher than a 1 star shows how uneducated the public is and how easily swayed they have become. 15

Curt Frantz

White Fragility1 star

It’s hard to talk about something that is an illusion. A book targeted to those low sense of sellers that want to punish themselves because they deserve it. 15

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