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What does it mean to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless, yet is deeply divided by race? In the face of pervasive racial inequality and segregation, most white people cannot answer that question. In the second edition of this seminal text, Robin DiAngelo reveals the factors that make this question so difficult: mis-education about what racism is; ideologies such as individualism and colorblindness; segregation; and the belief that to be complicit in racism is to be an immoral person. These factors contribute to what she terms white racial illiteracy. Speaking as a white person to other white people, DiAngelo clearly and compellingly takes readers through an analysis of white socialization. Weaving research, analysis, stories, images, and familiar examples, she provides the framework needed to develop white racial literacy. She describes how race shapes the lives of white people, explains what makes racism so hard to see, identifies common white racial patterns, and speaks back to popular narratives that work to deny racism. Written as an accessible overview on white identity from an anti-racist framework, What Does It Mean to Be White? is an invaluable resource for members of diversity and anti-racism programs and study groups, and students of sociology, psychology, education, and other disciplines. This revised edition features two new chapters, including one on DiAngelo’s influential concept of white fragility. Written to be accessible both within and without academia, this revised edition also features discussion questions, an index, and a glossary.

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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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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.

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Mother of Two
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Recommend as an excellent starting point
Reviewed in the United States on August 29, 2018
The author has a fantastic ability to convey important points concisely and eloquently. She coined the term "white fragility" that is now commonly and appropriately used in discussions of antiracist activism. Though I recognized some of the white privilege that I benefit... See more
The author has a fantastic ability to convey important points concisely and eloquently. She coined the term "white fragility" that is now commonly and appropriately used in discussions of antiracist activism. Though I recognized some of the white privilege that I benefit from in our racially divided society, I learned a lot from this book. The author is a white woman writing to a white audience (though anyone can benefit from this book) and much of the book accurately discusses the many ways that whites are willfully blind to the privileges of whiteness and the resultant harm this creates in American society. Yet she frequently reminds us that the culture of racism is something we inherited, and encourages whites to not hide behind guilt or defensiveness and instead to get involved and actively work for real change.
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Stupid book!!!!!
Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2021
Student book my college courses ever made me read for class!!!
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A book to change your mind and your life
Reviewed in the United States on April 14, 2018
This incredibly rich, well-researched book disturbed me deeply during the weeks it took me to read and process. As it should have and continues to. It lays bare the dark myths and delusions that condition us all to accept and collude with institutional racism in the United... See more
This incredibly rich, well-researched book disturbed me deeply during the weeks it took me to read and process. As it should have and continues to. It lays bare the dark myths and delusions that condition us all to accept and collude with institutional racism in the United States today, whether we benefit or suffer from it, which we all do eventually. The book also liberated me in completely unexpected ways. Gird your loins if you decide to take it on and be kind to yourself while you read it, as the white man''s world has not been kind to you. You will need kindness to get to the other side with any prospect of hope. It''s up to white people to interrupt racism, which we cannot do until we confront what it is and how it operates within and through us.
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Reviewed in the United States on September 24, 2017
If you''re completely unfamiliar with the idea of whiteness and racism and how whiteness affords privilege and a certain kind of ease in American (and much of Western) society, this is a good primer with thoughtful questions to encourage self-interrogation and growth. If... See more
If you''re completely unfamiliar with the idea of whiteness and racism and how whiteness affords privilege and a certain kind of ease in American (and much of Western) society, this is a good primer with thoughtful questions to encourage self-interrogation and growth. If you''re familiar at all with said concepts, though, it''s a very expensive refresher that goes deep but doesn''t really cover any new ground.
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A Good Book to Start a Conversation about Race
Reviewed in the United States on April 10, 2019
This book will make you think about your racial identity and confront yourself. It has started many conversations within my family and friend group; productive and emotional. If I ever have kids I want them to read this book in middle school. I am reading it... See more
This book will make you think about your racial identity and confront yourself. It has started many conversations within my family and friend group; productive and emotional. If I ever have kids I want them to read this book in middle school.

I am reading it for a class and it is one of the best decisions I have ever made.
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Easy Education If You Are Up To It
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2016
Easy to read if you can suspend judgments of yourself and others -- points are well made and easy to understand. IMO it require slow reading to fully take in the messages. The points about Individualism and The Binary preventing us from working to reduce racism were... See more
Easy to read if you can suspend judgments of yourself and others -- points are well made and easy to understand. IMO it require slow reading to fully take in the messages. The points about Individualism and The Binary preventing us from working to reduce racism were especially educational for me.

Have recommended this book to a number of friends who claim multi-cultural openness and they are humbled by what they learn from this book.
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We don’t know what we don’t know!
Reviewed in the United States on April 5, 2018
This book is peeling away layers daily. I’m reading it with highlighters!! I’m not even in school. If you’re white and interested in diving deeper into racial literacy and deepening connections across racial divides this is illuminating. If you’re not interested, you may... See more
This book is peeling away layers daily. I’m reading it with highlighters!! I’m not even in school. If you’re white and interested in diving deeper into racial literacy and deepening connections across racial divides this is illuminating. If you’re not interested, you may want to reconsider. We don’t know what we don’t know! This book will fill in those gaps in a very clear and precise way.
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Must read!
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Great book - easily accessible to readers. I highly recommend this to everyone who wants to be more aware of how whiteness works to historically and currently empower white people and disempower others. If you''re working on your "woke" level - this is a great choice!
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excellent book to enlighten the unconsciousness of whiteness
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An accessible overview and analysis of white identity and socialization

Robin DiAngelo provides a framework to develop white racial literacy. Ideal for the general reader and anyone interested in diversity and anti-racism programs and courses in sociology, psychology and education.

This revised edition now features:

-Two new chapters, including one on DiAngelo’s influential concept of white fragility

-Discussion questions

-Index

-Glossary of Key Terms

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What Does It Mean to discount Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy – Revised Edition popular (Counterpoints) sale

What Does It Mean to discount Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy – Revised Edition popular (Counterpoints) sale

What Does It Mean to discount Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy – Revised Edition popular (Counterpoints) sale

What Does It Mean to discount Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy – Revised Edition popular (Counterpoints) sale

What Does It Mean to discount Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy – Revised Edition popular (Counterpoints) sale

What Does It Mean to discount Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy – Revised Edition popular (Counterpoints) sale

What Does It Mean to discount Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy – Revised Edition popular (Counterpoints) sale

What Does It Mean to discount Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy – Revised Edition popular (Counterpoints) sale

What Does It Mean to discount Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy – Revised Edition popular (Counterpoints) sale

What Does It Mean to discount Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy – Revised Edition popular (Counterpoints) sale

What Does It Mean to discount Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy – Revised Edition popular (Counterpoints) sale

What Does It Mean to discount Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy – Revised Edition popular (Counterpoints) sale

What Does It Mean to discount Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy – Revised Edition popular (Counterpoints) sale

What Does It Mean to discount Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy – Revised Edition popular (Counterpoints) sale

What Does It Mean to discount Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy – Revised Edition popular (Counterpoints) sale

What Does It Mean to discount Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy – Revised Edition popular (Counterpoints) sale

What Does It Mean to discount Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy – Revised Edition popular (Counterpoints) sale

What Does It Mean to discount Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy – Revised Edition popular (Counterpoints) sale