White Fragility, Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo, foreword by Michael Eric Dyson; 2018; $15.99; 168 pages; Beacon Press, Boston, MA; 978-0807474-15; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Midland; 10/19/18-10/24/18
Why did I read this? Because race relations are at an all time low in this country and we need to talk about them. I sometimes have a hard talking about race from my place of white male privilege and want to continue learning and making things better.
White people many times think of themselves as individuals instead of as members of a large group of people (with an oversize power) and therefore considers themselves innocent of racism. Also we have set up a system where as people who are committing acts of racism are bad people and those who do not commit bad acts are good. Many of those who don’t commit blatant acts or verbalize their racism are often just as guilty. We as whites have gone along with a system that continually is prejudiced against people of color. I am not saying this well but I think that needs to read this and see how they have been complicit in the racism that exist in this country.
What is with the title of the review? I think this is one of the most important books that I have ever read and I believe that all white people should read it.