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Day 5: What is White Fragility?
Dr. Robin DiAngelo describes white fragility as a state of being for white people in which even a minimum amount of racial stress or discussing topics related to race and racism becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves can include the outward display of emotions (such as anger, fear, and guilt) and behaviors such as arguing, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation. These behaviors shut down conversations and inhibit actions which, in turn, function to reinstate racism. So, if White Fragility shuts down hard conversations about race and racism, how do we move forward? How can White folks learn more about this state of stress and develop the tools to push through conversations that can promote accountability, awareness, repair, and healing? Today we dive into learning more about White Fragility, with an eye toward tomorrow's topic: Why is it so hard to talk about race? 

Take this quiz from the publisher of DiAngelo's book to see if you exhibit “white fragility” traits.
Read this article that unpacks how we continue to reproduce racist outcomes and live segregated lives.

Review this list of 28 common racist attitudes and behaviors that indicate a detour or wrong turn into white guilt, denial, or defensiveness.
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