Waking up White

Waking up White

And Finding Myself in the Story of Race

Paperback - 2014
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For twenty-five years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a colleague and neighbor, she worried about offending people she dearly wanted to befriend. As an arts administrator, she didn't understand why her diversity efforts lacked traction. As a teacher, she found her best efforts to reach out to students and families of color left her wondering what she was missing. Then, in 2009, one "aha!" moment launched an adventure of discovery and insight that drastically shifted her worldview and upended her life plan. In Waking Up White, Irving tells her often cringe-worthy story with such openness that readers will turn every page rooting for her-and ultimately for all of us.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Elephant Room Press, [2014]
Edition: 1st edition.
ISBN: 9780991331307
Branch Call Number: 305.800973
Characteristics: xiv, 273 pages ; 23 cm


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Jul 03, 2017

I found this book extremely helpful - the author is thoughtful, responsible, vulnerable, and inspiring in sharing her journey in learning about race and her role in dismantling racial injustice. As a white woman who grew up with very modest means in a small-town rural community (with very few people of color), the message is very applicable and helpful. For white people afraid to venture into such a topic, you may find her approach heart-warming and gentle as the author shares her own steps and missteps as she embraced the issue of racial injustice and found more of her true self in the process.

May 30, 2017

I highly recommend this book. I work for Hennepin County Library and I am a white woman with a racially mixed family (Black, White, and Mexican), and am very interested in studying race and diversity. I have learned a lot from this book. Especially some characteristics of "white culture", yes there is one. I am aware how these characteristics (most of them I don't like myself) can alienate others. How white culture has become "work culture" is really a modern tragedy.

Apr 30, 2017

The very act of writing and publishing this book in itself just highlights the author's privilege in this country. After reading it I want to contrast her experience with an author who grew up white and lower class and how they bring their personal narrative to understanding race and culture.


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