#BlackBlogsMatter Challenge – Day 26 – White Privilege So Fragile

Welcome to the #BlackBlogsMatter challenge! Throughout the 28 days of February, my posts will not (necessarily) be about HR, Leadership or Management topics.

White Privilege is real.

And it is apparently a very delicate thing.

So delicate, in fact, that the term “White Fragility” was coined by a sociologist as a legit disorder about 10 years ago.

It is defined as the state in which a minimum amount of stress caused by racial discomfort becomes intolerable and triggers defensiveness which continues until racial equilibrium is reinstated.  Racial equilibrium is any social environment that protects and insulates White people from race-based stress and fulfills the expectation of comfort afforded to them by White Privilege.


Black humor is also real.

So real, in fact, that we will make fun of just about anything. The most difficult and hurtful things. The most precious and sacred things. We laugh to keep from crying — or lashing out.

We gamified our humor through a term we call “playing the dozens”. The Dozens is played by two or more people insulting each other until someone gives up. The most commonly known form is“Yo Momma” jokes.

Well, I think White Fragility is joke. So I’m going to play the dozens with it for the rest of this post. Here goes …

  • White Privilege so fragile they think People of Color talking openly about their own racial perspectives and experiences is taboo and race-baiting
  • White Privilege so fragile they have redefined diversity to mean other white people from different geographic areas and socio-economic backgrounds
  • White Privilege so fragile they think People of Color are obligated to answer all their questions about race because they think we’re truly here to serve them and ensure their understanding of everything
  • White Privilege so fragile they believe all People of Color are from poor and/or urban areas
  • White Privilege so fragile they think White people who don’t protect their racial comfort are traitors to their race
  • White Privilege so fragile they think representation means having one Person of Color in a prominent position is enough … for all time
  • White Privilege so fragile they allowed a racist, sexist, fascist Cheetoh with a squirrel for hair to become POTUS to confirm their authority and superiority are still in tact

Tune in tomorrow for Day 27 – Black Owned Businesses We Love

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