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  • Anti-White Supremacy Call-In Tips

    • Posted By : Debby Irving
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    The silver lining of the racial unrest we Americans find ourselves in today is that white supremacy's durability is in plain view. The age of colorblind denial is gone. For those seeing white supremacy anew, or for the first time, there can be intense feelings of confusion, hopelessness, and urgency to do something. Now is exactly the moment to "call-in"* and support those who may be moving...

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  • Should There Be White History Month?

    • Posted By : Debby Irving
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      “I’m so sick of this PC bullshit. Black History month? My God, if I suggested a white history month, I’d be skewered!” ~ too many white Americans Welcome to Black History Month, the time of year when white people still fully trapped in the white paradigm wonder  -- authentically or cynically, silently or aloud – why Black...

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  • Community Momentum

    • Posted By : Debby Irving
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      When Waking Up White came out three years ago, I set a book sales goal of 50,000. My research told me that if I could get to that number in a year or two, the momentum would carry the book from there.     Well, it took three years, but in mid December that goal was met!     Even...

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  • What Is WRONG With Those People?!

    • Posted By : Debby Irving
    • Comments : 5

    Imagine a service concern who’s experiencing low customer return rates responding with, “What is wrong with those customers?!” In a universe where repeat business can be lifeblood, this would never happen. The question instead would be, “What can we do better?” and “We need to fix this yesterday!” The pursuit of excellence would begin with an...

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  • Hometown Q & A

    • Posted By : Debby Irving
    • Comments : 5

    Below is a recent hometown interview I did in Q & A format. It's a good snapshot of where I am in my onoing journey to understand racial issues and the language I'm using to convey those understandings. I look forward to continuing to learn and grow as I engage with a range of communities, individuals, readings, and media in 2016.  Q: What are your...

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  • Dear White College Leadership

    • Posted By : Debby Irving
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          Brace yourself.   Brace yourself for the impending student uprisings that are brewing on your campuses, that is, if they aren’t already in full swing. And when I say ‘brace yourself,’ you may be surprised by what I mean.   In my (dominant white) cultural upbringing, bracing...

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  • Let’s Go There

    • Posted By : Debby Irving
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        I woke up yesterday to news of nine dead in Charleston. Black people dead at the hands of white. Not the other way around. There’s a pattern here, newly visible to some,  a 400-year unbroken chain to others. Just as I was making my way through the South Carolina shooting coverage, news of a second church shooting came in, this one in Tennessee....

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  • Do Try This At Home

    • Posted By : Debby Irving
    • Comments : 4

        One unintended consequence of video technology is the public unveiling of a phenomenon long unknown to many white Americans: The unjust treatment of African Americans at the hands of white authorities. Also made visible is bias in action.      These days, Americans of all colors are getting a front row seat...

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  • Calling In Starbucks and USA Today

    • Posted By : Debby Irving
    • Comments : 8

      A few weeks ago at the 16th annual White Privilege Conference, keynote speaker and human rights activist Loretta Ross used a phrase I can’t shake. “We need to stop calling people out,” she urged, “and start calling people in.” For those of you unfamiliar with the ‘call out’ culture, it refers to pointing out the...

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  • The Lost Chapter: Don't Touch Principles

    • Posted By : Debby Irving
    • Comments : 6

    Today marks the one year anniversary of Waking Up White. In celebration of the occasion, I'd like to share the below chapter -- which ended up on the editing room floor. Enjoy!  Don’t Touch Principles Reconciling my financial ideals with my moral ideals.   Of all the social codes I have broken in challenging racism, none has...

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