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Why This Book Matters:
White Fragility assesses the past to create a conclusion about the present difficulties white people face in speaking about racism in America.
The Big Takeaways:
- Race is biologically inaccurate.
- If The justification of race as anything more than a social construct is wrong because our physical attributes vary due to the adaptations of our ancestors.
- Race as a social construct can form race as a hierarchy.
- Our physical differences are used to justify unequal treatment among people.
- Pseudoscience justified the enslavement of African Americans.
- The proof scientists claimed of African Americans being inferior to their European American counterparts aided in the abuse and mistreatment of African Americans.
- Prejudice and Discrimination differ from racism.
- Racism is an elaborate system, whereas prejudice and discrimination are more surface-level.
- A combination of privilege, pretty language, and self-righteousness prevents Whites from seeing when they’re racist.
- Racism is not always intentional; however, when addressed, Whites dismiss being racist in situations where they sincerely thought they weren’t being racist.