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Publisher's Summary

For 25 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 listeners will be rooting for her - and ultimately for all of us.

©2014 Debby Irving (P)2016 Audiobooks.com Publishing

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A serious read for those who strive to improve

What made the experience of listening to Waking up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race the most enjoyable?

It's a vivid walk through of what it means to be a part of the white race and how that privilege not only influences us as individuals, but the entire social construct of which we are a part.

What other book might you compare Waking up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race to and why?

Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson -- another personal story of how the white social construct impacts people of lower incomes and color.

Have you listened to any of Debby Irving’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not yet.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes. Extreme in that I view it as a required reading for all white people who are serious about changing the current race issues of our nation.

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A must read for white people

I listened to this book as part of our defeating white supremacy class in my mostly white, suburban UU church. As someone who has just recently woken up to my privilege in the last few years this book was a tremendous tool to push myself not only in this area but in all my relationships. I foresee myself adding this to my list of books I revisit and will share with my daughter ans family.

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Amazing book

This book was amazing. It has changed me. I used to think that I was not a racist; now I realize that we all are to some extent. I also know that I want to do more to make a change in my neighborhood and in my country. I think the author for writing this book and for challenging me and pushing me to continue learning and pushing for social justice.

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Not for the timid-minded; read if you dare to be challenged.

Honest and gut-wrenching, this book is for any person who thinks he/she is making a difference, or even better, who desires to really make a difference in the areas of peace, justice, and equality in America. Guaranteed to change the way you think for the betterment of all! Should be required reading in schools and colleges!

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Schools and Business Please Reaf

Loved it, a must-read. It would be good to do this book as a book study for a school.

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An important book for understanding racism

How to work against white privilege. Should be required reading for all white people

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Great awakening

WAKE UP AMERICA, we aren't what you think we are, but we can become what we desire!

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Honest and eye opening

Loved how each personal event outlined real situations that are examples of the REAL racism of today and how its evolved.

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strengths and opportunities

This is an interesting perspective coming from a person of privilidge. I would welcome the opportunity to read a book from the person of race's point of view describing what steps are being taken by non white people along with a discussion of victimhood versus capitalizing on opportunities. We all have certain gifts. Some are tall and some are short some are fast some are slow. Some are thin or fat ugly or attractive (both physically and internally hateful). While I agree there are biases in the world -- everyone faces adversity at some level. Winners make best advantage of the tools God gives each of us. Self reliance cannot be achieved by the help from others. thanks for sharing your perspective. I look forward to meeting all people as equals!

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  • MJ
  • 04-13-18

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What did you love best about Waking up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race?

I enjoyed the authors ability to discuss race, racism, and privilege in a way that was personal and relateable.

What did you like best about this story?

I feel like I could give this book to even the most resistant white people in my life and they would learn something!