White Fragility Setting & Symbolism

Robin DiAngelo
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The United States

In her book, DiAngelo dissects the American society and writes about how it is affected by its history of racism and the subjugation of people of color. She writes that Blacks were enslaved for economic reasons and that the idea of race and of white superiority grew out of this economic need. In other words, whites in the U.S. rationalized their brutality against people of color, including Indigenous people, by claiming that people of color were inferior to whites.

The American society is still affected by the legacy of slavery, the removal of Indigenous people, segregation, and Jim Crow laws, and it is still a society in which we are all subjected to the forces of racism. America is not the melting pot that it has been characterized to be; instead, it is a country in which whites of different backgrounds were subsumed under...

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