White Fragility - Book Discussion Series

Discussion of Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism.

Robin DiAngelo begins the Introduction of White Fragility by noting:
White people in North America live in a society that is deeply separate and unequal by race, and white people are the beneficiaries of that separation and inequality. As a result, we are insulated from racial stress, at the same time that we come to feel entitled to and deserving of our advantage. Given how seldom we experience racial discomfort in a society we dominate, we haven’t had to build our racial stamina.

This lack of racial stamina DiAngelo describes as white fragility. In her book she not only explains the concept and its origins in our socialization, she also explores how this fragility helps whites avoid or opt out of discussions of race and in the process perpetuate racism.

Many of the discussions of race (understood as the social construct it is) at WIU have focused on racism’s victims rather than on those who, at times unwittingly but consistently, benefit from it and maintain it. A discussion of White Fragility will provide an opportunity to think about this, to understand it more completely, and to strengthen one’s own racial stamina.

Discussion Schedule:

White Fragility, a New York Times bestseller, is available in paperback.


  • Malpass Library - Mary Lou Kent Conference Room
  • QC Complex, Room 2108

Facilitated by Tracy Davis, Director of WIU’s College Student Personnel program, and Janice Welsch, Professor Emerita.

Connect at the QC Complex, room 2108, to join us remotely from the Quad Cities Campus!

Sponsored by: The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Research