Waking up white : and finding myself in the story of race / Debby Irving.

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...

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Main Author: Irving, Debby (Author)
Format: Book
Published: Cambridge, MA : Elephant Room Press, [2014]
Edition:1st edition.
Table of Contents:
  • Childhood in white. What wasn't said
  • Family values
  • Race versus class
  • Optimism
  • Within the walls
  • Midlife wake-up calls. From confusion to shock
  • The GI Bill
  • Racial categories
  • White superiority
  • The melting pot
  • Headwinds and tailwinds
  • Why didn't I wake up sooner? Icebergs
  • Invisibility
  • Zap!
  • The whole story
  • Logos and stereotypes
  • Rethinking key concepts. My good people
  • Color-blind
  • My good luck
  • My Robin Hood syndrome
  • Twenty-five years of tossing and turning. Straddling two worlds
  • Why do I always end up with white people?
  • Diversity training
  • Everyone is different; everyone belongs
  • Belonging
  • Surviving versus thriving
  • Living into expectations
  • I am the elephant
  • Leaving my comfort zone. Intent and impact
  • Feelings and the culture of niceness
  • Courageous conversations
  • Getting over myself
  • Perception and fear
  • Inner work. Becoming multicultural
  • If only you'd be more like me
  • The dominant white culture
  • Boxes and ladders
  • The rugged individual
  • Equality starts with equity
  • Bull in a China shop
  • Outer work. From bystander to ally
  • Solidarity and accountability
  • From tolerance to engagement
  • Listening
  • Normalizing race talk
  • Reclaiming my humanity. Whole again
  • Tell me what to do!