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Office of Student Engagement Book Club

This guide will include resources to support the Office of Student Engagement's reading group.

Access the Book

The NSCC Library has a 3 user license for White Fragility. Access is limited to 3 users at time. This is a very popular title so we also suggest checking with your local, public library. Many public libraries have electronic copies of White Fragility and some public libraries are now offering curbside pickup services if you would like to get a print copy. Please contact your public library with questions about their access options!

The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality. In this "vital, necessary, and beautiful book" (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and "allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to 'bad people' (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively. Download readers guides at