Interesting article on Quartz:
“White fragility” refers to white people’s low emotional tolerance for discussing topics of race and racism.
The term was coined by Dr. Robin DiAngelo in a 2011 article discussing her experience with white people in anti-racism trainings. She defines it as “a state when even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves.”
What makes race so hard for white people to talk about?
- They’re not used to it.
- They don’t see it.
- Moral dilemmas.
What can a white person do?
- Build tolerance by consciously moving past the good/bad reactionary thinking and learn how to manage feelings of guilt and shame without putting up defenses.
- Resist your defenses and keep listening.
- Become an ally.
- Work to transform the system—not perpetuate it.
Check the link for the full explanations.