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Top Intelligence Official Promoted White Fragility Recommendation

The director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) passed on a recommendation to read “White Fragility,” whose author argues that any gains the United States has made since its founding have come “through identity politics.”

Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley Jr., the DIA director, mentioned in a recent townhall and in his weekly email to employees that a DIA officer recommended reading “White Fragility,” a spokesman for the agency told The Epoch Times in an email.

“Ashley in turn thought it might be of interest to members of the DIA workforce seeking to learn about the perspectives the book highlights,” the spokesman said.

Leaders recommend books that might be of interest to officers and officers highlight books they believe might be of interest to fellow officers, he explained.

“White Fragility” was not included on Ashleys annual reading list. The list and other recommendations are part of encouraging the DIA workforce to “to read widely to achieve a greater understanding about many issues,” the spokesman wrote, adding, “No books on any topic are required reading.”

“White Fragility: Why Its So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism,” written by Robin DiAngelo, promotes the idea that white people are insulated from race-based stress.

“This insulated environment of racial protection builds white expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering the ability to tolerate racial stress, leading to what I refer to as White Fragility,” DiAngelo wrote in an research paper (pdf) about the notion in 2011.

In the book, published in 2018, DiAngelo argues that any gains the United States has made since its founding “have come through identity poliRead More From Source