The John P. Webster Library and First Church welcomes Debby Irving for a day of reflection and dialogue. Debby is the author of the unsettling memoir WAKING UP WHITE: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race.
By sharing her own often cringe-worthy story, Debby offers a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance; she is an experienced guide in the exploration of systemic racism and how it perpetuates long-held racialized belief systems. As she unpacks her own long-held beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person, or wanting to help people of color, she reveals how each of these well-intentioned mindsets actually sustained her ill-conceived ideas about race. She will also discuss why and how she’s changed the way she talks about racism, works in racially mixed groups, and understands the racial justice movement as a whole.
WAKING UP WHITE
functions as both a “Racism 101” for white people and a rare exposé on whiteness for people of color. Please join us for this provocative day of interaction and dialogue.
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