The Woke-tionary strikes again as ‘White Fragility’ added: ‘to have a defensive, wounded, angry’ response

You might have missed it, but last week Dictionary.com took another dive into the culture war by adding the made-up phrase “white fragility” to the dictionary as if it is a real thing.

It’s not just the fact of the definition, though, it’s how they define it that is truly beyond the pale. (Well, maybe I should have used a different idiom there.) The point is, it’s completely ridiculous, as Brent Bozell and Tim Graham explain in a new column.



One of strangest developments in today’s internet culture is how website dictionaries, which one might presume to be objective, have dabbled in “woke” leftist politics as a way of drawing clicks. USA Today reporter Jessica Guynn, who explains that her job is to explore how the digital world can “amplify bias and widen disparities,” delighted in reporting how the term “white fragility” has been added to dictionaries as a result of racial discussions on social media.

Sociologist Robin DiAngelo, one in the endless line of perpetually bored, arrogant and/or ignorant “experts” on race, coined the term “white fragility” in 2011. It was overlooked initially (and for good reason: It’s stupid). But naturally, it has picked up steam along with the political career of Donald Trump. After Trump won the presidency in 2016, the Oxford Dictionaries put the term on its short list for word of the year. Last week, it was added to Dictionary.com, defined as “the tendency among members of the dominant white cultural group to have a defensive, wounded, angry, or dismissive response to evidence of racism.”

USA Today also has an article out on the subject this week. It’s really something.

Because dictionaries reflect what people are talking about, many new words arise from the current flashpoints in the national debate over race, identity and culture, says Aria Razfar, professor of education and linguistics at University of Illinois at Chicago.

Among the terms added to Dictionary.com last week: “Latinx,” a gender-neutral term defined as “of or relating to people of Latin American descent,” “colorism,” referring to the “differential treatment based on skin color, especially favoritism toward those with a lighter skin tone and mistreatment or exclusion of those with a darker skin tone, typically among those of the same racial group or ethnicity” and “white lash,” “a hostile or violent reaction by white people to the advances or influx of other racial or ethnic groups.”

“Once a word or a phrase becomes part of the dictionary, it’s a good indicator that the ideas behind it have become more mainstream and being discussed on a wider scale. It gives us a way to discuss the underlying issues that the word points to,” Razfar says.

Terms such as white fragility “provide a language so that dominant society could interrogate itself and really look at itself in the mirror in terms of its relationship with non-dominant populations and oppressed groups,” he says.

Neither college nor dictionaries are safe for you anymore. All is the domain of the progressive liberal activist. The control they exert is preposterously outsize for their actual numbers and authority, and is approaching a near total lock-down on free thought, expression, and even language.

And if you’re about to say that reminds you of a book you’ve read, I wouldn’t get too comfortable with that, either. Books will be next.

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Texas Chris
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Yay! It’s fun to bash White People™!!

Now do blacks™. Or Jews™. Or Messicans™.

I’ll wait.

Finrod Felagund
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I want to see Team Red and Team Blue in the dictionary. They’re useful as catch-alls for people right and left of center.

“I’m not a Democrat, I’m a (socialist, communist, Green Party member, Antifa doofus)!”
“No, but you’re still on Team Blue.”

K-Bob
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The special, Snowflakes, Crybullies, and Feminists Edition must be out. How droll.

flguy
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RAAAACISTTTT! Imagine if Dictionary.com added a negative stereotype using another color? All hell would rain down on their heads. But if you’re white, male, Christian, conservative, or God help you, all of the above, anything goes.

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This is ludicrous. The Left has gone off of the rails.

Finrod Felagund
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Screw dictionary.com, I use https://www.merriam-webster.com/ which is a real dictionary. You can also get there via m-w.com which is quicker to type, too.

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Whitewashing the Democratic Party’s History – the party and people of Slavery, Jim Crow Institutionalized Segregation, Racism, the KKK, George Wallace, etc http://www.nationalreview.com/article/420321/whitewashing-democratic-partys-history-mona-charen Democrats are not just racists, they are “the” racists.. FACT: Not 1 Lincoln Republican in the entire country ever owned a slave(s) ! All slaves were owned by Democrats, which btw both Lincoln Republicans and Democrats were “white”. But to Democrats, never let the facts of truth get in the way of their racist projectionist propaganda accusations, their false projectionist narrative meme. Any and All White Nationalists in America were and are Democrats. This is a fact ! Anyone who advocates for racial group identity politics, whether white nationalists or Black Nationalists: Black Panthers, BLM, Louis Farrakhan-Nation of Islam (White hating, Jew hating anti-Semitism), as well as Hispanic Nationalists like LaRaza, translated to “The Race”, etc, are “Tribalists”, whom all are Democrats who advocate and utilize hate… Read more »

msliberty
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This stuff is just completely stupid!

Tracy
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Pretty neat racket there. Accuse every single white person of being racist then when they protest that they arent racist you just label that white fragility.

What is really sad, is its creeping into evangelical churches too. And even conservative ones.

debw
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How racist.

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So, let’s talk about black fragility.

debw
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That’s racist.

D Guest
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I got my copy of Orwell several years ago to make sure it would be available.

Landscaper
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I’m not racist……………. because I don’t like most people I meet.

RKJames
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I’m the same way. Met too many jack**** in my life. Just leave me alone and I’ll try to do the same. Not even Jesus trusted any man . . .”But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men,” (John 2:24)

msliberty
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LandscaperLandscaper – Yep, same with me.

kong1967
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I wonder if they’ve added the word “libtard” yet.

Sallyjohanna
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I doubt it..too close to retard and that is definitely a no no!!

kong1967
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SallyjohannaSallyjohanna Lol…retarded libtards. Shhh…they might hear us and run for their cry closets and safe spaces.

Charli
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That is not white fragility….THAT is the definition of indoctrinated democrats!
aka: useful idiots

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clapping

Ronbo
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That’s why I stick with the oldest words in the world, probably created after the oldest profession in the world.
F and YOU
It’s so elegant yet flexible enough to use at the theater (thee-a-ter) or parking lot “find a space” alike.
It’s like giving a flower on Mother’s Day – it never gets old.

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This is what they do, they create “concepts” to shape thinking and drive narratives. If you believe radical Islam poses a legitimate threat, your an Islamophobe, if you degree with the LGBT leftist agenda your homophobic, and if your believe these ideologies about white privilege is nothing but thinly veiled racism, you have “white fragility”.

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My daughter tells me I make everything political. I tell her that’s because everything is made to be political, and I told her how Mary Poppins, which she loves, is racist and why, and I showed her how food is also racist. She got my point.

Charli
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My daughter said the same thing to me, Squirrely….but sometimes I think she goes along to avoid the subject altogether so we can discuss something else. unamused

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CharliCharli Idk how old yours is, but mine is at an age where politics aren’t her focus. I do want her to understand what is happening.

Charli
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Well, then you should have fun when she is in her THIRTIES! LOL smile

kong1967
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SquirrellySquirrelly Food is racist? No WONDER broccoli and other green foods don’t like me! Racist s.o.b.’s!

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kong1967kong1967

They’re just green with envy. mrgreen

kong1967
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SentinelSentinel Lol.

AT
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Could you believe the blackface in that movie? I mean oh em gee. They tried to pass it off like the guy was cleaning chimneys – like that’s a thing – but really he was just antagonizing blacks.

Sentinel
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All part of the plan. The Anti-Christ will have no problems whatsoever with taking over the minds of the lost. Evil is already doing it. Everyone is being conditioned.

Charli
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True of everyone except those who know the Truth, the Word and the Love, Light and Life of our Father. I am saddened to see how many, even some who come here, who have not found the Truth. However, aren’t we fortunate that the Father gives us a full night’s sleep and a brand new day to come to love and faith in Him? So miraculous.

Sentinel
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Amen. halo

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White Strength is when you ignore their racist nonsense.

Renny
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I hate it when they use ‘white washing’ for any film that has a person in it certain groups think shouldn’t be white.

Taurnil
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It’s not just for fences any more.

John Henry
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“says Aria Razfar, professor of education and linguistics at University of Illinois at Chicago.”

Oookey Dookey, that’s were I stopped reading, I’m guilt for being white and a by God grace, a male born and raised.

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