“Once again Robin DiAngelo brilliantly breaks it down, giving us the language and concepts to cut straight to the heart and expose the ‘nicer’ forms of racism. In this unflinching follow-up to her revelatory work White Fragility, she uses her insider status, over two decades studying and challenging progressive white people, and unwavering courage to take the conversation to the next level. With eloquence, clarity, and startling insight, she explains why white progressives cause the most daily harm to Black and other folks of color, and demands better. Personal transformation is an act of anti-racism, and DiAngelo has just given progressive white America the field guide.”
—Michael Eric Dyson, New York Times best-selling author
“With the hard-earned insights that come from years of study and leading workshops on racism, Robin DiAngelo captures the strategies often used by well-intentioned white people to avoid the self-examination needed to confront their own unrecognized racism. If you want to get beyond feeling defensive and increase your capacity for effective anti-racist action, do yourself a favor and read this book!”
—Beverly Daniel Tatum, author of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race
“In this illuminating follow-up to White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo integrates sharp insight, personal vulnerability, and compassionate guidance with the keen eye of an ‘insider.’ Focusing specifically on the more subtle patterns of white progressives, her work continues to be invaluable to the project of ending white supremacy.”
—Resmaa Menakem, author of My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies
“Spectacular! With the precision of a social scientist, Robin DiAngelo dissects and puts under the microscope seemingly benign ‘white moves’—including her own—in ways that make undeniable how each functions to recalibrate white dominance and comfort again and again. A critical tool for white progressives wanting to know better so we can do better.”
—Debby Irving, author of Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race
What Is a Nice Racist?
Why It’s OK to Generalize About White People
There Is No Choir
What’s Wrong with Niceness?
The Moves of White Progressives
Spiritual, Not Religious
Let’s Talk About Shame
What About My Trauma?
We Aren’t Actually That Nice
How White People Who Experience Other Oppressions Can Still Be Racist, or “But I’m a Minority Myself!”
How Do You Make a White Progressive a Better Racist?
Niceness Is Not Courageous: How to Align Your Professed Values with Your Actual Practice