Confronted with their own shortcomings, white employees often shut down the dialogue—or frame themselves as victims

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As a former professor and current facilitator and consultant, I am in a position to give white people feedback on how their unintentional racism is manifesting itself. In this position, I have observed countless enactments of white fragility. One of the most common is outrage: “How dare you suggest that I could have said or done something racist!” Although these are unpleasant moments for me, they are also rather amusing. The reason I’m there in the first place is because I have been hired specifically to do just that; I have been asked to help the members of the organization understand why their workplace continues to remain white, why they are having so much trouble recruiting people of color, and/or why the people of color they hire don’t stay. …

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Robin DiAngelo

Robin DiAngelo is an academic, lecturer, and author of White Fragility: Why It's So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism.

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