White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
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.
Author and anti-racist educator Robin DiAngelo highlights the phenomenon of white fragility, referring to the defensive action that white people make when challenged racially. White fragility is characterized by emotional reactions to the discussion of race such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. 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.