'You’ve observed racist ideology. So you can stop defending, deflecting, denying that and get to work actually trying to identify how that’s manifesting in your life – and changing it.'
We asked five Penguin authors whose work explores racism, in fiction and nonfiction, to share the books they feel are crucial to understanding – and then acting on – racial injustice at home and worldwide.
White Fragility is characterised by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviours including argumentation and silence. These behaviours, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. Read an extract from this groundbreaking and timely book in which antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility.
Robin DiAngelo is an academic, lecturer, and author working in the fields of critical discourse analysis and whiteness studies. She is a lecturer at the University of Washington and formerly served as a tenured professor of multicultural education at Westfield State University. DiAngelo has been a consultant and trainer for more than twenty years on issues of racial and social justice.