What is White Fragility? Dr. Robin DiAngelo
describes White Fragility as the defensive reactions that white people have when their racial worldviews, positions or advantages are questioned and/or challenged. For many white people, the mere suggestion that their whiteness equates to advantage triggers a deep, defensive response.
Common responses include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear and guilt and behaviors such as argumentation, silence and leaving the stress-inducing situation. This defensiveness serves to maintain both their comfort and their positions in a racially inequitable society from which white people benefit.