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Monday, April 20, 2015

WHITE FRAGILITY: A definition

FROM LOVE LIFE OF AN ASIAN GUY
LINK TO LOVE LIFE OF AN ASIAN GUY/Subject is race in the U.S.

I love it when sociologists and creative lay-women come up with names for things that black people have been observing for decades and decades.

"Challenges to this identity become highly stressful and even intolerable. The following are examples of the kinds of challenges that trigger racial stress for white people:   

Suggesting that a white person’s viewpoint comes from a racialized frame of reference (challenge to objectivity);
   

People of color talking directly about their own racial perspectives (challenge to white taboos on talking openly about race);
   

People of color choosing not to protect the racial feelings of white people in regards to race (challenge to white racial expectations and need/entitlement to racial comfort);
   

People of color not being willing to tell their stories or answer questions about their racial experiences (challenge to the expectation that people of color will serve us);
  

A fellow white not providing agreement with one’s racial perspective (challenge to white solidarity);
   

Receiving feedback that one’s behavior had a racist impact (challenge to white racial innocence);
  

Suggesting that group membership is significant (challenge to individualism);
  

An acknowledgment that access is unequal between racial groups (challenge to meritocracy);
   

Being presented with a person of color in a position of leadership (challenge to white authority);
   

Being presented with information about other racial groups through, for example, movies in which people of color drive the action but are not in stereotypical roles, or multicultural education (challenge to white centrality).


 
Not often encountering these challenges, we withdraw, defend, cry, argue, minimize, ignore, and in other ways push back to regain our racial position and equilibrium. I term that push back white fragility.
READ MORE at: http://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/white-fragility-why-its-so-hard-to-talk-to-white-people-about-racism-twlm/#sthash.1Ps0EnXN.dpuf