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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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Great awakening

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

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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An important book for understanding racism

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

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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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A must read for the well intentioned white person

Any white people on a social justice journey should read this. It's helpful for seeing why your goals of being more diverse may be gaming short or how they might be even be hurting your cause.

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Great book! Must read!

A must read for all. This book makes the reader rethink their path and grow!

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Stimulating

For those looking for white work and not just the immobility of white guilt, this book is a treasure. Irving's struggles and confusion are relateable and call others into a place of growth and development.