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Is white fragility real? Show more Show less
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In July 2020, "White Fragility" topped the New York Times Bestseller list. Though two years had passed since its publication, protests following George Floyd's murder thrust its controversial theory of race back into the mainstream. Written by University of Washington Professor Robin DiAngelo, the book claims that white people sustain racism by refusing to engage with it. The idea assumes that white people consider themselves the "default" race, and actively avoid and undermine challenges to this worldview. As the thesis has gained traction, it has also come under criticism for being reductive and choosing to see entire populations based on race. So, who are the groups forming around this debate, what do they believe and why?

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This group sees white fragility as a flawed thesis that undermines meaningful conversations about race.
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White fragility typifies Social Justice Warrior fragility

White fragility is yet another example of an SJW "debate silencing"technique. That itself, is part of the same genre of cancel culture that prefers to shut down opposition with entirely defamatory claims than engage with it.
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