'There Is No Neutral': 'Nice White People' Can Still Be Complicit In A Racist Society

White Fragility author Robin DiAngelo says that the status quo in the United States is racism, and for white people, that's comfortable. "We've got to start making it uncomfortable," she says.
White Fragility author Robin DiAngelo says the question white people should be asking themselves is not: Have I been shaped by race, but how have I been shaped by race? Above, protesters at a "Black Lives Matter" demonstration on June 1, 2020 in New York. Source: Angela Weiss

For white people who have just recently recognized their own complicity in America's racist systems and are looking to "fix" that — it's not going to happen overnight.

"It's a little bit like saying 'I want to be in shape tomorrow' ..." says author Robin DiAngelo. "This is going to be a process."

DiAngelo is the author of White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. The book came out in 2018, and is back on the best-seller lists as streets fill with protesters calling for an end to police violence against black people.

The status quo in the United States is racism, DiAngelo says, and "it is comfortable for me, as a white person, to live in a racist society."

DiAngelo says to sustain the momentum of these protests, it

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