White Fragility - Dr. Robin DiAngelo

White Fragility

By Dr. Robin DiAngelo

  • Release Date: 2018-06-26
  • Genre: Social Science
Score: 3.5
From 2,458 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.


  • Laughable logic

    By Jpjay13
    Circular reasoning that’s extremely light on truth. One line that stuck out was when DiAngelo stated that “white, liberal, intellectual, coastal progressives are the most bigoted, the most harmful, the greatest threat to racial equality.” That sounded spot on….but the rest was just whiny, fact free rhetoric designed to wear like a hair shirt for racist liberals who would rather point fingers at the right rather than own their own depravity.
  • Cashing in on Race.

    By Beaverhat
    Another White person cashing in on race. What’s the chances that this woman knows anything about the African American experience, but she does understand CASH.
  • Divisive and opinionated

    By understand2accept
    Extremely biased. Very very unintelligent and closed minded. A person Can have 15 degrees and be very measurably smart and educated. True intelligence is the ability to view things from multiple different perspectives, ability to compare and contrast any two things. Intellectuals acknowledge similarities in every person as well as the differences. Simple minded thinking creates division and clique mindsets that allow people to use one difference (even unchangeable and not chosen like race) to continue to keep people divided and progressing as a society. Grow the f*€# up please.
  • Wow (and I mean that in the worst way)

    By Gucci Guardian
    This book makes me feel like my most unique trait that I have to offer is my skin color, and I am a person of color.
  • Nice instruction

    By The Joelest
    Good read. It’s not over critical, just honest. You are a person, and the book is aware of that. Just be you’re best.
  • Enlightening and interesting perspective

    By goldenlotus
    It made some very good points. always willing to expand and find new ways of understanding racism and how it can be dismantled. I challenge individuals to read this book and John McWhorter’s new book “Woke Racism”, both very differing but essential books on racism in America.
  • White Fragility

    By Steven A Segal
    This book relates the sentiments of a person who sees reality as shades of fault with other people for her personal perceptions of reality. The author claims credibility through academic credentials but, if such credentials do exist, they have been sadly narrow in scope and have endowed the author with but a very adjective concept of reality. It’s a shame; a shame because on the flare-up of racial tensions in the U. S. in the fall of 2020 it is my understanding that this book’s shallowness was read and, perhaps influenced, many people. I rated it four stars for being published at the right time to gain traction from a momentary rising tied of heated national emotion. The publisher actually deserves a five-star for the timing. I also gave it a four-star because, in spite of the author’s circumscribed view of the world of human interaction I believe she truly believed what she wrote. I simply hope she will mentally and emotionally grow enough to work positively over the coming years to help bridge the divides she describes so narrowly in White Fragility.
  • Excellent

    By Rfcudyfcidymv
    I learned so much from this book, I highly recommend this book to anyone who cares anything about racism. I am so thankful I found this book.
  • Trash

    By Mr. Z81
    Pure garbage. Author should be ashamed of putting out such divisive trash.
  • White Fragility

    By Cooper42$
    Very insightful! Every white person should read.