Consultant Robin DiAngelo runs diversity training workshops and sees many participants get defensive. She’s trying to help people see that their actions may be racist even without malicious intent – that they may harbor biases even if their “best friend is black.” DiAngelo pleads for an open mind in assessing one’s own biases and humility in understanding other people’s perspectives. getAbstract recommends DiAngelo’s thought-provoking essay to white people who strongly feel they’re not racist and to HR managers who are organizing diversity trainings.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why participants in diversity training workshops often deal with white people’s sensitivities rather than helping people of color,
- Why “white fragility” sustains systemic racism, and
- How whites can stop being defensive and start having productive conversations about race.
About the Author
Academic Robin DiAngelo wrote White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.