By Duncan Smith

The director of the Defense Intelligence Agency passed along a recommendation that people ready “White Fragility,” a book whose author claims that any gains the U.S. has made throughout its history have come “through identity politics.'

Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley Jr. mentioned his recommendation in a recent townhall-style event and in his weekly email to agency employees.

'Ashley in turn thought it might be of interest to members of the DIA workforce seeking to learn about the perspectives the book highlights,” a DIA spokesman told The Epoch Times.

The news site added:

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 Ashley's 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 It's 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 [a] research paper (pdf) about the notion in 2011.

In the 2018 book, DiAngelo argues that any gains the United States has made since its founding 'have come through identity politics.'

'The identities of those sitting at the tables of power in this country have remained remarkably similar: white, male, middle- and upper-class, able-bodied,' she wrote.

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