White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

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Review #1

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism audiobook free

I am very reluctant to give a negative review, especially when the author is trying to be helpful. In places the author has correctly diagnosed a number of genuine problems.

Merely being non-racist isnt good enough, because you end up as a bystander when a bully is beating up on a victim; both covering your eyes and ears and refusing to acknowledge what the victim (of racism) is telling you is happening to them.

If you havent been a victim you cannot fully understand being a victim. If you havent experienced the pervasiveness and constancy of negative bias both coming from other groups and even influencing your own view of yourself then you will never completely comprehend. So in one respect a white person cannot truly say, I get it.

Neither can you ever do enough to win a gold star and say youve done enough as long as racism exists.

Its like the Talmudic maxim: you will never finish perfecting the world, but you are never free to stop trying.

If the book stopped there, it would be fine. Perhaps even excellent.

But I give this book one star because it makes the problem worse.

This book is like a bad date where the other person is accusing you of all of your failures, and when you try to make up, to do better, to understand more, to be fully engaged as an ally, you are continually pushed away.

And then you are told to breathe and calm down. Surely you are getting upset and proving the thesis!

Except thats not whats happening.

Yes, whites dont see racism because they arent a target of it. If you arent a racist, then you dont hang around racists. And if you arent black then you dont have it hurled in your face. 99% of the problem is created by 1% of whites who other whites dont see.

The same would be true for misogyny. 99% of rapes are caused by 1% of perps, and the 99% of innocent men dont see it because the perps arent harassing them.

So men need to listen without being defensive. Whites need to listen without being defensive. Its wrong to say, But Im not doing it as if that will make it go away.

But its also wrong to say that the non-harassing men or the non-harassing whites are guilty BECAUSE of their innocence.

No, they arent being bad. They are being clueless. And instead of being accused they need to be engaged.

Especially when they WANT to listen and be helpful.

In short, if someone wants to be your friend let them.

This book doesnt invite engagement and doesnt let the non-involved to become involved in affirmatively fighting racism. It turns a lot of would be allies away.

Ultimately, its self defeating.

We need more people aware of racism. We need more people fighting racism. We need the majority engaged in helping the minority, rather than being turned away.

Id give this book five stars if it were half as long. But its the flawed existentialism that makes this book a hindrance to people who should be friends, and would be friends, if they were allowed to be.


Review #2

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According to this author, those that are identified as white (not necessarily those who identify AS white) are guilty of racism and must be prepared to be tongue-lashed by her. It is curious that somehow denigrating a person by their skin color is not racist when done by a person of the same appearance. It is a popular book for those that need more of a reason to feel bad about themselves.
Ironically, the subject is timely and through reading other sources of information on institutionalized racism, I have noticed many examples of this. The articles were well written and effective in that I was not made to feel that anything I did or said was automatically suspect and therefore invalid. A state of paralysis is not one from which change can occur.


Review #3

Audiobook White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo; Michael Eric Dyson – foreword

This book is riddled with historical inaccuracies, such as black women being denied the vote until 1964, poor arguments, and a lack of any decent citations. This book did inspire me though. If something this bad can be published, anyone can write a book.


Review #4

Audio White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism narrated by Amy Landon

I anticipated after reading this book that I would gain a better understanding of why it is hard to talk about racism. However, the majority of the book focuses on generalizations about various groups of people.


Review #5

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Complete Nonsense. Same old same old, this group of humans is incapable of being racist because of the color of their skin and this group of humans is incapable of not being racist because of the color of their skin. What a bore. If youre having a hard time accepting your lot in life, a better use of your time may be spent reading up on personal accountability.


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