White Fragility - Robin DiAngelo

White Fragility

By Robin DiAngelo

  • Release Date: 2018-06-26
  • Genre: Social Science
Score: 4
From 1,235 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.


  • Helpful

    By QueenBLS
    I found the book eye opening in terms of the excuses I her from fellow white folks when confronted with the subject of race. The points made were helpful in breaking down racism as a system. If you’re taking it personally you’re missing the point.
  • Avoid.

    By Kenobi-1971
    Fascist garbage.
  • Pitiful

    By KO6721
    For pathetic self-loathers.
  • Regression

    By yourmomsfaceshouse
    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.
  • Garbage

    By CMRB56
    Handbook to teaching white people to hate themselves based on the color of their skin.
  • Clearly a devotee of Timothy Leary

    By VTBoomer
    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.
  • Pure garbage

    By CNN me
    A total joke
  • Terribly reductive account of structural racism

    By pjlosangeles
    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.
  • 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 whites person can disagree with an assertion made about racism in the country and not be inherently defensive/fragile about it.
  • It’s actually the most awful book ever

    By nibbra
    I’d prefer catching COVID over reading this again