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What Does It Mean to Be White?


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Contents: Race in Education - Unique Challenges of Race Education - Socialization - Defining Terms - The Cycle of Oppression - What Is Race? - What Is Racism? - "New" Racism - How Race Shapes the Lives of White People - What Makes Racism So Hard for Whites to See? - Intersecting Identities - An Example of Class - Common Patterns of Well-Meaning White People - White Fragility - Popular White Narratives That Deny Racism - Stop Telling That Story! Danger Discourse and the White Racial Frame - A Note on White Silence - Racism and Specific Racial Groups - Antiracist Education and the Road Ahead.

About the Author

Robin DiAngelo received her PhD at the University of Washington, where she was twice honored with the Student's Choice Award for Educator of the Year. Her concept of white fragility has influenced the national discourse on race. She has published widely in both mainstream and academic venues.


Praise for the First Edition of What Does It Mean to Be White?:
"Rarely will one find an analysis of whiteness (and the problems associated with it) that is as comprehensive as this one. From incisive and wide-ranging critiques of how white folks deflect, deny, and evade the topic of racism, and the implications of our own racial identity and position, to an absolutely on-point interrogation of how racism and whiteness influence white teachers-in-training, and thus, the larger educational process, Robin DiAngelo demonstrates the kind of clarity of thought so needed on this important subject." (Tim Wise, Author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son and Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority)

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