Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race
by Irving, Debby







Introductionxi
CHILDHOOD IN WHITE
1(26)
1 What Wasn't Said
3(4)
2 Family Values
7(6)
3 Race Versus Class
13(4)
4 Optimism
17(5)
5 Within the Walls
22(5)
MIDLIFE WAKE-UP CALLS
27(34)
6 From Confusion to Shock
29(3)
7 The Gl Bill
32(6)
8 Racial Categories
38(4)
9 White Superiority
42(4)
10 The Melting Pot
46(8)
11 Headwinds and Tailwinds
54(7)
WHY DIDN'T I WAKE UP SOONER?
61(32)
12 Icebergs
63(6)
13 Invisibility
69(6)
14 Zap!
75(7)
15 The Whole Story
82(4)
16 Logos and Stereotypes
86(7)
RETHINKING KEY CONCEPTS
93(20)
17 My Good People
95(5)
18 Color-Blind
100(3)
19 My Good Luck
103(3)
20 My Robin Hood Syndrome
106(7)
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF TOSSING AND TURNING
113(44)
21 Straddling Two Worlds
115(4)
22 Why Do I Always End Up with White People?
119(5)
23 Diversity Training
124(6)
24 Everyone is Different: Everyone Belongs
130(6)
25 Belonging
136(7)
26 Surviving Versus Thriving
143(3)
27 Living Into Expectations
146(4)
28 I Am the Elephant
150(7)
LEAVING MY COMFORT ZONE
157(28)
29 Intent and Impact
159(7)
30 Feelings and the Culture of Niceness
166(6)
31 Courageous Conversations
172(5)
32 Getting Over Myself
177(3)
33 Perception and Fear
180(5)
INNER WORK
185(32)
34 Becoming Multicultural
187(3)
35 If Only You'd Be More Like Me
190(3)
36 The Dominant White Culture
193(5)
37 Boxes and Ladders
198(3)
38 The Rugged Individual
201(5)
39 Equality Starts with Equity
206(4)
40 Bull In A China Shop
210(7)
OUTER WORK
217(26)
41 From Bystander to Ally
219(3)
42 Solidarity and Accountability
222(6)
43 From Tolerance to Engagement
228(4)
44 Listening
232(4)
45 Normalizing Race Talk
236(7)
RECLAIMING MY HUMANITY
243(8)
46 Whole Again
245(6)
Tell Me What To Do!251(4)
Acknowledgments255(4)
Notes On Sources259


Waking Up White is the book Irving wishes someone had handed her decades ago. By sharing her sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, she offers a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance. As Irving unpacks her own long-held beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person, and wanting to help people of color, she reveals how each of these well-intentioned mindsets actually perpetuated her ill-conceived ideas about race. She also explains why and how she's changed the way she talks about racism, works in racially mixed groups, and understands the antiracism movement as a whole. Exercises at the end of each chapter prompt readers to explore their own racialized ideas. Waking Up White's personal narrative is designed to work well as a rapid read, a book group book, or support reading for courses exploring racial and cultural issues.






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