I saw someone in a social media discussion thread actively recommending the book White Fragility recently. This is important, because anyone who is capable of recommending that book unironically is not merely a racist. He or she is also actively, dangerous stupid, someone whose judgment and intent should be questioned at every possible turn. It is not possible to recommend White Fragility in earnest unless you have one of the following three problems: 1) You are a racist who hates white people; 2) You are a self-loathing white person wracked with guilt for things you have not done; 3) you are too stupid to be allowed to drive or vote.
White Fragility is a book by Robin DiAngelo. The first thing you’ll notice about Robin DiAngelo is that she is a white person, or at least appears to be. (These days, when you can “identify” as anything you like, it’s impossible to say for sure.) What we can say with absolute certainty is that Robin DiAngelo hates white people for being white.
You may think that’s an exaggeration. You may think that’s a smear. It is neither. DiAngelo is a full-blown race hustler who makes a living teaching white people to hate themselves. The training program for which Coca Cola recently took so much grief, in which a slide urged white employees to “be less white,” was conducted in association with DiAngelo and her twisted ideas. Given the degree to which her attacks on people with white skin have made her financially successful, it would seem there’s a great deal of money in exploiting white people’s guilt over the presumed sins of their ancestors.
That’s what White Fragility is, after all. It’s a cult manual that indoctrinates its true believers into a belief system rooted in original sin. If you were born white, you possess the original sin of “whiteness,” and only if you scourge yourself enough, only if you despise yourself sufficiently, only if you bow and scrape and grovel and beg for forgiveness for this original sin can you achieve even a modicum of acceptance in contemporary “woke” society.
Now, you won’t actually be forgiven; after all, you’re still white. But your non-white brothers and sisters will begrudgingly allow you to remain among them as a second-class citizen as long as you remember your place (which is a perpetual state of guilt over things you have not done).
DiAngelo’s book starts out with the premise that white people are bad and that they are responsible for all the ills of the world. Their race, she contends, grants them an unfair advantage simply because it does. But a funny thing happens when you accuse people of having committed crimes — or of having benefited from the crimes of others — based on the color of their skin. They tend to resent you for it and to deny that they’ve done anything wrong. This refusal to accept unearned guilt based on skin color is, DiAngelo contends, “white fragility” in action. It’s not that you’re not a racist; it’s that you ARE a racist but afraid to admit it and embrace your guilt (which makes you “fragile”). DiAngelo writes…
I believe that white progressives cause the most daily damage to people of color. I define a white progressive as any white person who thinks he or she is not racist, or is less racist, or in the “choir,” or already “gets it.” White progressives can be the most difficult for people of color because, to the degree that we think we have arrived, we will put our energy into making sure that others see us as having arrived. None of our energy will go into what we need to be doing for the rest of our lives: engaging in ongoing self-awareness, continuing education, relationship building, and actual antiracist practice. White progressives do indeed uphold and perpetrate racism, but our defensiveness and certitude make it virtually impossible to explain to us how we do so.
As bad as that is, it gets much, much worse. ““The simplistic idea that racism is limited to individual intentional acts committed by unkind people is at the root of virtually all white defensiveness on this topic,” she writes. “For those of us who work to raise the racial consciousness of whites, simply getting whites to acknowledge that our race gives us advantages is a major effort. The defensiveness, denial, and resistance are deep…White fragility functions as a form of bullying; I am going to make it so miserable for you to confront me—no matter how diplomatically you try to do so—that you will simply back off, give up, and never raise the issue again.”
In other words, if you are white, you are a racist. (If you are not white, you cannot be racist, only “prejudiced,,” because race hustlers like DiAngelo have changed the definition of “racism” to exempt anyone who is not white.) If you are white but don’t believe you are racist, you are part of the problem; if you resent being told you are racist when you aren’t, you are being “defensive.” If you refuse to flog yourself with unearned guilt over the supposed crimes of your white ancestors, you are the worst sort of person. Bad people are racist, but so is everyone else, even if they aren’t bad… and if they’re racist but won’t admit they’re racist because they’re not bad, then they are bad.
If that sounds absurd to you, you’re not wrong. If that sounds to you like a cult’s system of belief, rather than a logical and cogent argument, you’re correct. Robin DiAngelo hates white people and wants to make sure that everyone else hates white people, too. What matters most to her, though, is that white people hate themselves… and every belief she pushes furthers this cult-like framework and pushes society toward that end.
Under no circumstances should you believer any word of White Fragility. Under no circumstances should you trust anyone who recommends it. Under no circumstances should you ever tolerate being forced to undergo training that Robin DiAngelo has had any hand in creating. Ms. DiAngelo is a racist and a hatemonger whose beliefs are not merely bizarre, but actively dangerous and divisive.