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Racial Justice Book Talk - White Fragility

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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.Copies of the book are available to borrow through the library, and several will be held at the Howe Branch Circulation Desk in advance of this program.  To borrow one, simply come in and ask, or call us at (518) 472-9485. For more information or with any quesions, please email Capital District Showing Up For Racial Justice at