August 17, 2020

Save the Date!: White Fragility Book Discussion

Save the date for an upcoming book discussion sponsored by the University of Michigan Office of Organizational Learning.

About the Book:

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

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 as well as 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.


Anyone who would like to understand why it’s difficult for white people to talk about racism and how we all can approach racial discussions with humility and courage

Course Details:

Code: DEI2109
Dates and Times: Thu 8/20/20 8:00 am to 10:00 am and Thu 10/1/20 8:30 am to 10:30 am
Location: Online Webinar
Audience Limit: 30