Nice racism : how progressive White people perpetuate racial harm / Robin DiAngelo.
- ISBN: 9780807074121
- ISBN: 0807074128
- Physical Description: xxi, 201 pages ; 24 cm
- Publisher: Boston, Massachusetts : Beacon Press, 
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Includes bibliographical references.
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Introduction -- What is a Nice Racist? -- Why It's OK to Generalize About White People -- There is No Choir -- What's Wrong with Niceness? -- 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.
"Nice Racism asserts that it is white progressives who are responsible for inflicting the most daily harm on people of color"-- Provided by publisher.
We've all seen it. A white person is called to account for racism and responds with incredulity, offering a litany of justifications and excuses. White progressives will insist that they cannot be racist, using evidence such as "I have a Black friend" or "I have travelled extensively." Their friends will vouch that the behavior cannot be racist because "He's a really nice person." It's clear that many white people do not understand systemic racism and cannot separate intentions from impact. In this insightful follow-up to her acclaimed bestseller, White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo illuminates the subtle and insidious racial patterns of progressive white people, revealing how a culture of niceness actually protects racism. Writing directly to white people as a white person, DiAngelo identifies many common white racial patterns and explains how white people who see themselves as racially progressive can cause the most daily harm to people of color. These patterns include rushing to prove that we are "not racist," downplaying white advantage, pretending white segregation "just happens," co-opting Indigenous and other groups' rituals, and allowing shame or personal traumas to immobilize us and excuse inaction. She challenges the ideology of individualism and explains why it is appropriate to generalize about white people in order to challenge racism, and she demonstrates how white people who experience other oppressions still benefit from system racism. Writing candidly about her own missteps and struggles, and drawing on her insider's perspective, DiAngelo models a path forward, encouraging white readers to continually face their complicity and embrace courage, lifelong commitment, and accountability. Nice Racism is an essential work for any white person who recognizes the existence of systemic racism and white supremacy and wants to take steps to align their values with their actual practice. This is a timely and invaluable resource for readers who think that niceness is enough to interrupt racism. -- From dust jacket.
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