Waking Up White— reading and study group
Weds eves JUNE 7-28, 6:30-8p
[get it for 20%off at Vashon Bookshop]
How can we white folks on Vashon actively engage in the racial equity movement? One essential way to begin is to discover how white privilege and implicit bias are part of our lives and our culture, and how they contribute to systemic racism, despite our best intentions. As we gain a deeper understanding of white privilege, we can look toward contributing to undoing racism in more effective ways. Please join us on the journey of waking up through thoughtful discourse, sharing and witnessing.
We will be reading and following guiding questions from the book "Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race" by Debby Irving. Over 4 weeks we will cover the book. Please join us if you are moved to, whether you’ve read the chapters or not. Each chapter ends with pithy self-reflective questions which we will use to guide our inquiry.
Here is a reading plan:
for June 7 intro-p 60
for June 14 pg 61-123
for June 21 pg 124-184
for June 28 pg 185-249
Held at Hanna Barn, close in on Maury Island
We look forward to taking actions steps for racial equity together!
*Personal Note from co-facilitator Karen Nelson*
I was introduced to this book during a discussion group convened by Sustainable Vashon’s All Island Read on Racism & White Privilege, in 2015. I found the whole experience to be be eye-opening and simultaneously supportive and healing. I realized that even as we were mostly white people in the room, we were embarking on an important piece of work towards acknowledging and ending racism.