Bite-Size Book Review: White Fragility

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Bite-size Book Review: A quick taste of what I've been reading lately. White Fragility: Why It's so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo. A necessary and helpful book that clearly defines racism and challenges white readers to know more and do better.

Title & author:

White Fragility: Why It's so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

What it's about:

Gaining a true understanding of racism and white privilege in the United States and digging into the wrong thinking that goes behind many of the reactions white people have to this difficult topic.

Who it's for:

All white people. Read this if you don't fully understand racism and white privilege (or maybe if you think you already do). Read this if you think you can honestly say you're not racist (you can't!). Read this if you care about loving your neighbors well across racial boundaries.

What I liked:

All of it. Every last word. This book is powerful and succinct and academic and still highly readable. The author is a white woman who has many years of experience facilitating diversity trainings. She is also willing to admit to her own mistakes and show us how to gracefully apologize and be willing to learn from those times.

What I didn't:

This is hard stuff to digest and if I am going to be 100% honest with you, I put off starting this book because I knew it wasn't going to be easy. Once I started it though I couldn't put it down.

My take-away:

This is an absolute must-read for all white people.

My rating:


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