Robin DiAngelo – “White Fragility”

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Finished Robin Diangelo’s “White Fragility” tonight. When I originally posted a set of books to read and asked what to read first, one of my former students texted me to say “read it with a grain of salt.” I took that into consideration, and as I started it, Diangelo noted it might make the reader uncomfortable. I wanted to keep an open mind, so I continued. Now that I’ve finished it, I can see what my student was referring to. While I support her overall message that we, as white people, need to examine our communication with other races, I found myself disagreeing with some of her premises and definitions. While her discussion of system racism is spot on, many of her examples are merely anecdotal. To be honest, I felt the book came across rather preachy. Still, having read it, I can say I learned a few things, and in my continuous quest of self-improvement, I appreciate her work in trying to help me and others improve ourselves. Now on to my next book!

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