Why white people should see color

The author of ‘White Fragility’ wants people to build authentic relationships across race.

July 18, 2018 22:01
2 minute read.
IMPERIAL STATE crown of the United Kingdom

IMPERIAL STATE crown of the United Kingdom. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)


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You’re white. You’re educated and open-minded. You’re a good person! And you’re anything but a racist. Right?

You don’t care if someone is pink, purple or polka-dotted. In fact, you were raised to not even see color.

And you need to stop, Robin DiAngelo says. Stop saying things like that, for they are completely insulting. Human beings aren’t purple or polka-dotted, and we should see color. Doing so is one of the first steps white people can take toward improving race relations, according to DiAngelo, a white speaker and trainer who focuses on racial justice, and whose third book is called White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.
White people mostly don’t even think about race, DiAngelo said in a recent interview, while people of color are reminded of it every day, be it with slights, discrimination or abuse. They pay for it with stress, health problems and even early death, she said. All this while being asked to explain to white people what they can do to make things better.


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