White Fragility, Part 1

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WHITE FRAGILITY

Robin Diangelo

Beacon Press

June 26, 2018

154 Pages


Just finishing up White Fragility, and yowza. Iโ€™ll be honest, I pretty much hated reading this book. It made me feel bad about myself. I realized Iโ€™ve been making a lot of excuses, telling myself that Iโ€™m aware and woke, that I understand how hard it must be for black people to experience racism, that I sympathize with THEIR problem. But Iโ€™ve been focusing my attention outward when I should have been focusing my attention inward. Because racism isnโ€™t a โ€œblack problem.โ€ Itโ€™s a white problemโ€”weโ€™ve just grown used to putting the burden on black people to define it, describe it, and tell US how to fix itโ€”even though itโ€™s a problem weโ€™ve created, even though itโ€™s a problem that only we, as guardians of almost all power sources in the United States, can change.

Iโ€™ll leave you with some stats that really blew my mind. Non-Hispanic white people make up just over 60% of the US population, and yet…

โœ–๏ธ the ten richest Americans are 100% white
โœ–๏ธ US Congress is 90% white
โœ–๏ธ US governors are 96% white
โœ–๏ธ the top military advisors are 100% white
โœ–๏ธ people who decide which tv shows we see are 93% white
โœ–๏ธ people who decide which books we read are 90% white
โœ–๏ธ US teachers are 82% white
โœ–๏ธ full-time college professors are 84% white


All I can say is letโ€™s continue to educate ourselves so we can do better.

Good luck finding this book. It’s backordered everywhere. But here are the links: Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble.

7 thoughts

  1. I managed to get hold of this via Foyles’ website, I’m going to read Why I’ve Stopped Talking to White People About Race first, though. I went through that list of white privilege from Chicago for my husband last night and really shocked him so I think he’ll be reading some of these, too.

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    1. Those numbers really are shocking. I’ve been learning a lot, too, reading these books. It shames me to realize how much I’ve had my head buried in the sand… I hope you enjoy this one!

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    1. Itโ€™s so tough taking that hard look at yourself and realizing, despite your good intentions, youโ€™re still screwing up! ๐Ÿ˜ญ I have to keep reminding myself that recognizing my shortcomings is the first and only way to change them. But Iโ€™m right there with you. Who wants to realize they are hurting people, ugh….

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  2. The first black teacher I had was last fall in my first semester of graduate school, and I was SURPRISED when I walked into the room and saw a black man.

    Talk about white privilege right there.

    Grad school has really helped me deconstruct a lot of my white privilege, but I know I still have a long way to go.

    We definitely need to be turning inward. It’s the only way forward.

    I’m looking forward to reading Part II of this review!

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    1. I know exactly what you mean. My only black professor in college was for an African American literature class. Thatโ€™s shameful! Even more so because having mostly-white professors never struck me as odd. This latest BLM movement has been so eye-opening for me. Iโ€™m with you, I still have a long way to go yeesh.

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