White Fragility

Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

audio cd

Published July 24, 2018 by Dreamscape Media.

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4 stars (11 reviews)

White people in North America live in a social environment that protects and insulates them from race-based stress. This insulated environment of racial protection builds white expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering the ability to tolerate racial stress. Although white racial insulation is somewhat mediated by social class (with poor and working class urban whites being generally less racially insulated than suburban or rural whites), the larger social environment insulates and protects whites as a group through institutions, cultural representations, media, school textbooks, movies, advertising, and dominant discourses. Racial stress results from an interruption to what is racially familiar. In turn, whites are often at a loss for how to respond in constructive ways., as we have not had to build the cognitive or affective skills or develop the stamina that that would allow for constructive engagement across racial divides. leading to what I refer to โ€ฆ

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4 stars

It's very good. I was defending myself and individualism in my own mind as I started reading it, and had all those defenses challenged by the time I'd finished, which felt like a valuable lesson in itself, if somewhat unmooring.

A couple times, I thought I'd accidentally flipped back a page or two, and was reading something for the second time but it was just the same story or point being re-written, so the editing could have been a little tighter for my tastes.