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White Fragility
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism | Robin J. DiAngelo
Explores counterproductive reactions white people have when discussing racism that serve to protect their positions and maintain racial inequality.
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maleahrae
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Wow! This was an uncomfortable but very important read. I have so much to think about and unpack. I highly recommend this one!

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FeministBookClub
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Drop everything and read this book.

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Open your mind and hearts. Read this book. Share this book. We must do better and this is the first step. 5🌟 I cannot recommend this book more. #racism #DoBetter

LyndseyReads I‘m waiting for this on Libby. Glad to hear good things! 4w
Samplergal @LyndseyReads I waited for three months! Worth it. It‘s a quick read, but I‘m thinking of purchasing it. 4w
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Samplergal
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Everyone. Read. This.

merelybookish 🙌 1mo
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#30junebooks - day 19 - reading place. One of my most frequent reading places is my car! I love audiobooks, and they make drives so much more fun. •
(Also, guys, WHITE FRAGILITY is wrecking me. I‘ve read a lot about social justice in the last few years, and racial reconciliation is important to me, but ooooof this book is hitting painfully close to home.) 💔❤️

Kimberlone Awesome that your car actually displays the audiobook cover art! 1mo
BooknerdsLife Hahaa I used to get a lot of reading done in my car too 😂 But not with audio books, just from reading in the car while waiting for my kid from school or other after school activities 😆🤗 Really miss those days! 1mo
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Reading this book on Juneteenth feels very appropriate. I could quote from it all day, but here is one I made a bookmark of in my audiobook. “My race is unremarkable. I belong, when I turn on the tv, read bestselling novels, and watch blockbuster movies. I belong, when I walk past the magazines racks at the grocery store or drive past billboards. I belong...” #howjessreadsin2019 #juneteenth #whitefragility

Ashley_Nicoletto Oh man. This quote makes me want to read it more. 1mo
Samplergal I started it yesterday. So. Good. 1mo
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ReadingEnvy
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Pictured are my two 5-star reads for May

This month was a strange reading month (read more: http://readingenvy.blogspot.com/2019/05/books-read-may-2019-118-133.html)...

Books read: 16
DNF (not included in this list): 6

Print: 7
eBook: 7
Audio: 2

Personal copy: 3
Library copy: 6
Review copy: 7

Asia 2019 project: 1
Readalong or group reads: 2
Tournament of Books Summer Camp: 1

HardcoverHearts Robin D‘Angelo!!! ✊🏻❤️ She is fantastic. 2mo
readordierachel 16 books is still a more than respectable showing for 1 month! Also, I applaud your ability to DNF 👏🏼 2mo
ReadingEnvy @HardcoverHearts yes it was really a great read 2mo
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ReadingEnvy @readordierachel I'm hoping the DNFs will clear the way for good reads in June. My first one so far has been fantastic! 2mo
readordierachel Oh yay! I'm on the hold list for that one. Glad to hear it's good! Are you doing print or audio? 2mo
HardcoverHearts And what a combo of books right there. I‘m eagerly anticipating your review of Gone With the Wind! I‘m assuming you will talk about it in your podcast... 2mo
ReadingEnvy @readordierachel ihad an eARC 2mo
ReadingEnvy @HardcoverHearts yes! Special readalong episode with the Book Cougars 2mo
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FeministBookClub
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Last chance to snag the June subscription box, featuring White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. We include fun products from woman-owned businesses, we donate 5% of sales to a different feminist organization each month, and all discussions are conducted virtually so you can join us from anywhere! Order your box today: www.feministbookclub.com/shop

rmaclean4 I got a lot out of this book. So glad I read it. 2mo
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notreallyelaine
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Helpful both for examining my own behavior and for having the words and context to hold others accountable, especially older folks. A quick read.

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ReadingEnvy
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I've spent the last month discussing this book in a Goodreads group. I feel like it should be required reading for all white people. DiAngelo ends the book with very practical ideas that I found very useful.

djh It has been in my bookcase for far too long, unread. It‘s time to remedy that. Thanks for the prompt! 2mo
ReadingEnvy @djh the individual chapters are short and it's pretty readable on some levels (but very hard on others! 2mo
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Finished this last night. I never heard the term “white woman tears” before and it struck a cord. Loved this passage. Anyway. Read this book.

MarkoPDX Judging from this passage alone, I think this is a must-read for me. Everybody wants to position themselves as a victim, but the fact is, so actually have been victims of the institutions of our country. Everybody else who wants a piece of the victim pie are just trying to use it to hold their position of privilege. 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Looks like a great read, I‘m just starting White Rage and they seem like they would go together. 3w
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CatherClone
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Preach!

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FeministBookClub
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Our June book of the month is White Fragility: Why It‘s So Hard for White People to Talk About Race by Robin DiAngelo. This is sure to inspire challenging yet necessary conversations in our discussion group and I‘m looking forward to it.
Want to join us? Visit www.feministbookclub.com/shop for all our membership options!

Jee_HookedOnBookz What a great pick! 2mo
FeministBookClub @Jee_HookedOnBookz Our members have excellent taste. They suggest titles and then we vote on them to choose our book of the month! 2mo
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SarahKKillion
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True story. Read up, buttercup.

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Absolutely essential reading for white people who want to be less racist. I‘ve been looking for a book like this for SO long and I think every white person could benefit from reading it. It made me think about myself and my reactions to things a lot in a way that I hope will be useful making me a more useful anti-racist person going forward, and I feel much more empowered and able to discuss racist behaviour with other white people now.

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Hyggescence
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Books read in February #februarybooks #bookbingo2019

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abbielistenstobooks
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Highly recommend this book to any and all white people

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This book that asks quite simply what do you believe and why, and asks you to look honestly at yourself and your own internal biases and resistance to the notion that yes, you might be racist, prejudiced, biased, etc, no matter how well-intentioned. If you refuse to see or acknowledge that there‘s a problem, you are part of the problem. Social and cultural forces reinforce certain views, and if we want true progress we need new vision.

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Some people live in racially isolated areas, so their understanding of people who don‘t look like them is drawn from film, television, and books. If we rely on stereotypes or negative imagery, it‘s harmful long term. All Muslims are not terrorists, all Latinx people aren‘t illegal immigrants, all black people aren‘t lazy, etc. At the end of the day, most of us want the same things, we just don‘t always agree on how to achieve them.

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Listening to this while cleaning the house. So far this is a must read.

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ColleenIsReading
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I started this but will have to come back to it later. The news in the world and personal stuff (cancer in the family) is too much right now. It‘s an important book and I do want to read it but I just can‘t do serious and tough at this moment. I need fluff and escapism for a while.

Monica5 Cancer Sucks!! Prayers for you and your family. I have lost an aunt and three uncles from it. And one Aunt has had breast cancer twice 4mo
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merelybookish
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My current listen. Not exactly new info yet, but so far a forceful and thorough discussion of racism, white supremacy and how I contribute/benefit from it.

RebeccaH I loved this book. 4mo
merelybookish @RebeccaH It's so good! 4mo
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HardcoverHearts
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I am learning a lot about how being a white person in the US means I have been bolstered by the system of white supremacy- regardless of whether I wanted it or not. It protects/ advocates for me in a myriad of ways every day that I used to be blind to seeing. I‘m interested in understanding how this work will compare to Layla Sass‘s Me + White Supremacy challenge. There is a lot of work to be done to be better allies of people of color.

ProfReader Sounds interesting 4mo
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Starting this one today. Listening on Scribd.

rmaclean4 Almost finished with this. What an impactful read. Should be required reading. 4mo
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This.
“Socialized into a deeply internalized sense of superiority that we either are unaware of or can never admit to ourselves, we become highly fragile in conversations about race. We consider a challenge to our racial world-views as a challengers our very identities as good, moral people. Thus, we perceive any attempt to connect us to the system of racism as an unsettling and unfair moral offense.”
#WhiteFragility #RobinDiAngelo

Chelleo Looking for to reading this in the near future. Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! 5mo
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 5mo
AskAprilJ @Chelleo Thanks. I‘ve heard all of these great things too! I haven‘t figured out the way Litsy thinks yet, but will continue to explore. “How to” is important but I don‘t connect with video well. I digress. Thanks for your input and offers! Have a delightful day! 5mo
SW-T Welcome to Litsy 😊 3mo
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GingerAntics I really hope this isn‘t some sweeping statement that all white people are this way, because we‘re really not. 5mo
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Good and necessary information, but very repetitive.

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Plaidsticks

“…what it means to be American is not what it means to be white…” pgxi

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baberj

"It's been said that racism is so American that when we protest racism, some assume we are protesting America."

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Pickpick

Interesting listen. DiAngelo's sociological perspective is fascinating, and I thought she made some strong recommendations for dealing with socialized racism.

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JackieSmith
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Bookish gifts from my sweet husband. He knows me well. ☺️ Shirt & mug (reveals titles when it gets hot!) via @outofprint

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cariashley
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Pickpick

Such an important and necessarily uncomfortable listen. I wish every white person would pick this one up.

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juliegumdrop
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Getting into it! Learning about racial bias and white defensiveness.

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Yossarian
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My town‘s High School PTA is starting a Book Club, and this is the first selection. I am intrigued, excited, and terrified of the actual discussion, for multiple reasons.

Booksnchill Hooray the bookclub- bold selection holds promise! 8mo
DivineDiana I know what you mean! But cheers that they are so forward thinking! And who can say no to a Book Club? 8mo
gradcat It IS an interesting choice for a PTA group, and it represents a thoughtfulness & openness that is quite progressive...good for you & your book club! (edited) 8mo
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Bookishlie I‘m not sure that is appropriate for a pta choice. Your discussion ought to be interesting! 8mo
Yossarian @Bookishlie What might make it inappropriate? It will be a group of all adults, mostly white, and no obligation that anyone agree with the contents. 8mo
Bookishlie @Yossarian You will find out I‘m sure. I guess I‘m not so trusting of strangers. Then again you may have been in PTA with these people for years and know them. You‘ll have to let us know how it goes! Maybe it‘ll be the best bonding discussion piece ever! 8mo
jordan_lent54 That sounds like a pretty interesting book. What do you think about it so far? It seems like it would make for some good discussion. 8mo
Yossarian @jordan_lent54 It is making me uncomfortable, but maybe not the way the author was hoping. Like she‘s both overselling and underselling her points. I mean, I mostly agree with her substantively, but I also feel like she‘d be ok sending people who disagree with us to Communist re-education camps. 8mo
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This short, focused book was a really fantastic learning experience for me! I recognized a lot of my own reactions and those of other whites in discussions of race and racism in what Diangelo names "white fragility." Particularly salient pieces for me where her discussion of confusing safety with comfort and the influence of the ideologies of colour blindness, individualism, and meritocracy in white fragility. Highly recommended! #Audiobook

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian This is a useful book for white progressives (like me) in particular. 9mo
EloisaJames I thought it was amazing. We‘re going to try to get her to visit my university next year (Fordham). She‘s brilliant. 9mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @EloisaJames I bet she'd be a great live speaker! 9mo
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"I am going to make it so miserable for you to confront me, no matter how diplomatically you try to do so, that you will simply back off, give up, or never raise the issue again. White fragility keeps people of colour in line and in their place. In this way it is a powerful form of white racial control."

saresmoore Yeesh. 9mo
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"We whites who position ourselves as liberal often opt to protect what we perceive as our moral reputations rather than recognize or change our participation in systems of inequity and domination."

"White people's moral objection to racism increases their resistance to acknowledging their complicity with it."

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Learning a lot from this #audiobook! I'm recognizing reactions I've had to discussions of race and racism as well as ones I've seen in other white people in what Diangelo is framing as "white fragility." Her point is that this defensiveness and insistence on narratives of colour blindness and individualism only serve to uphold racism and are in fact an integral part of white identity.

Notafraidofwords Yeah. I just finished it. I think this book was well written and it should be read by everyone. 9mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Notafraidofwords Well, all white people for sure should read it! I'm curious to know what a person of colour would think of it and what they might get out of it, if anything. She does say her main audience for the book is white people. 9mo
Notafraidofwords @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I‘m Puerto Rican and I‘m the only Latina in my work place with the exceptions of the cleaning service people. I recognize every moment of fragility she described in my coworkers. 9mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Notafraidofwords Oh, thanks for sharing your perspective! So I guess it helps put to words things you've observed. 9mo
quanners I am a black female physician and I thought this book was great and difficult to listen to because I‘ve experienced white fragility weekly on my job in NC for the last 7 years including the crying white lady. I was guilted into attending office events so that the all white office staff minus 1 Mexican would feel as if I liked them. These same people were offended when I stated that I didn‘t want to c ppl wearing confederate flag paraphernalia. 3mo
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Notafraidofwords
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I believe we are living in deep peril. I believe these are dangerous times. I do not believe kindness and love can align us towards a better path. What we need is a revolution and everyone must buy a ticket. Perhaps this book could be that ticket.

VioletBramble I agree that we need a revolution. If the blue wave doesn't happen in November I think we'll have another Civil War. 10mo
Notafraidofwords @VioletBramble the polls about Brett do not make me hopeful at all. 10mo
batsy Agreed 💜 10mo
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Sweettartlaura
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Cough {Kavanaugh} cough

It‘s sad but true that he is just the best example of this injustice today. Tomorrow if will be someone else.

JamieArc I attended a workshop with this author and it was really great. Not to be missed if you ever have a chance. 10mo
Sweettartlaura @JamieArc I did miss it 😕. She came to speak in my town. There was such great interest they had to move the event to a bigger location. But at the last minute something else came up - I was so sorry to miss her 😕 10mo
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ness
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This should definitely be required reading for every white person. The audio narration was really good (except for a few mispronounced words and names). Highly recommend—and it‘s definitely one I can see going back to again and again.

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ness
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Building on “So You Want To Talk About Race.”

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unabridgedchick
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Really grateful my supervisor thinks reading this is professional development - spending an hour a day reading it.

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I‘m calling mandatory reading for white people in the U.S. for this book out today. It explores the subtle and not-so-subtle ways whites uphold racism, perhaps without realizing it. She shows how we get in our own way in understanding racial issues and how we effectively cut off dialogue that could be productive.

I learned a ton in this book, and I plan to keep reading and learning and listening as much as I can about social justice.

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Sherri
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Next up

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Kenny
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A lot of you will be given this book in the coming months. Don‘t be offended. No one‘s saying this book says anything about you at all—obviously this is about all the other white people you know. But read it anyway. You know, just for kicks. It‘s not about you. Promise.

Notafraidofwords @AWahle I‘m dying 😂 13mo
2BR02B That's because nothing's more offensive or hurtful than being called racist, right? 13mo
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