White Fragility - Robin DiAngelo

White Fragility

By Robin DiAngelo

  • Release Date: 2018-06-26
  • Genre: Social Science
Score: 3.5
From 2,298 Ratings

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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.


  • Many claims, zero evidence

    By daveledbet
    It’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.
  • Propaganda

    By joshburcham
    Not helpful and doesn’t rely on facts.
  • Required reading for whites

    By FitchieElijah124
    For 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.
  • Hee hee

    By Luna_Birdsong_KOTLC
    I gave this book to my dog. He ate it. Then puked it up on the rug. I scooped it up and put it in the yard so that some birds will poop on it. AKA the title makes me so offended. Also...tell me I’m fragile again I’ll punch your nose and we can see how fragile your bones are
  • Author is right

    By roseypee
  • Thoughtless trash.

    By JakeIsBoss116
    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.
  • Black Fragility

    By Obunga 2.0
    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 white person can disagree with an assertion made about racism in this country, while not being inherently defensive/fragile about it.
  • leftist wokester garbage

    By Heyerdahl 37273727
    so 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
  • Your fragility shows

    By blah hum1234
    I 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.
  • Racist garbage

    By Not-A-Scrabble-Player
    The author apparently has never read a history book in their life. This is racist garbage