June is Audiobook Month: White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo/Narrated by Amy Landon

Posted June 1, 2020 by Felicia S in JIAM / 1 Comment

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Hi y’all! So I have no theme for June is Audiobook Month this year. I will be posting past winners of Sultry Listeners (as we gear up for this year), audiobooks that moved this year, and spotlighting some of my favorite narrators. It might be a random month but there is NOTHING random about the audiobook I have chosen to make my first spotlight.

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo and Narrated brilliantly by Amy Landon is something I have listened to 6x. Every single time I want to crawl in a hole and ignore what is going on around me—I listen to it. I remind myself (white privilege —I have it and I am trying not to take advantage but I am still a work in progress) why I simply can’t. Also why I can’t shout loud and demand attention. None of these things are about me.  At the very core of White Fragility is that as white women (in particular) , the issues of POCs we can’t relate to but we can learn from. We shouldn’t speak over them but amplify their voices. We need to be more aware especially now!

White Fragility

Why It’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

About White Fragility:

The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to “bad people” (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue.

In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.

I am off break y’all and super pissed about what is happening in our nation so expect some more spotlights on books I think need to be heard and seen. Some are romance, some are non-fiction, and others are older but still very on point!

 

Felicia S
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