white fragility

[hwahyt fruh-jil-i-tee, wahyt]


the tendency among members of the dominant white cultural group to have a defensive, wounded, angry, or dismissive response to evidence of racism.

Nearby words

  1. white flag, show the,
  2. white flight,
  3. white flint,
  4. white flour,
  5. white fox,
  6. white friar,
  7. white frost,
  8. white gangrene,
  9. white gasoline,
  10. white ginger

Origin of white fragility

Coined by Robin DiAngelo (born 1956), U.S. academic and author, in her article “White Fragility” (2011)

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