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Waking up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race Audiobook

Waking up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race

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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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    LaJuan 07-15-16
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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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    L. Washburn 10-17-16
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    "An important book for understanding racism "

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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Newman TX, USA 04-13-17
    Beth Newman TX, USA 04-13-17

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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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    dcshilts 02-14-17
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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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    Loved it, a must-read. It would be good to do this book as a book study for a school.

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    Avid learner and corporate athlete!

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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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    Keiley Bays 04-18-17
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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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    C. Beusekom 01-01-17
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    "Remembering where I came from"

    Nearly the same age as the author, I grew up very poor on a farm and in the country in the Midwest on assistance. I could not relate to the author. Her story made me angry and frustrated. I grew up knowing I was white and it was a race and therefore I was not any better or special because of it. White did not change our poverty nor did it give me a college education or my parents jobs when farming was no longer possible. I saw racism and discrimination my whole life. my relatives that are native american and latino, my friends that are Muslim and Jews, my neighbors that are first generation Cambodian refugees from 1972, my superiors in jobs that were black. I've had more supervisors, managers, bosses that are of color than I have white. if you look, racism is everywhere. I was taught to see it, acknowledge it, build relationships, but crush it. see the person, see the humanity, love them,.I think it's great that the author awoke to being white. I'm glad she is making a difference. there are many stories of white people that grew up differently. I thank my father for raising me to see that white is not the best and only way, but that white is the absence of color. without color nothing is beautiful.

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    Laura Ankenbruck 12-31-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent book to better understand race."

    It was very powerful to hear the author in her own words about how she has struggled to better understand what it means to be white in our society. Helps to put words to a lot of feelings and experiences.

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    Mama Mia Philadelphia, PA United States 12-14-16
    Mama Mia Philadelphia, PA United States 12-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Honesty is the best policy"

    I appreciated hearing Debby Irving's difficult personal journey. While there were some parts of her story that I didn't connect with, her careful wording made it easy to listen without judgment. This will be a book to help bridge my own conversations with fellow white friends who are still unaware of just how much privilege they have.

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