Four young children writing on the classroom blackboard circa 1950. (Photo by Keystone View/FPG/Getty Images)
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Lee Callahan’s conversation with author Debby Irving, Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race.
Debby Irving, a white, Boston-based racial justice educator, has written the book she wishes someone had handed her years ago: a story-based Racism 101 for white people. Its narrative memoir format provides a mainstream read that gives white readers the basics needed to access complex understandings about racism. Similarly, many people of color yearn for authentic, informed dialogue about racism with white friends, family, and colleagues.