Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It

by Shelly Tochluk. Rowman & Littlefield, 2010.
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California educator, Shelly Tochluk, gradually became aware of her “whiteness” and its impact on the students and colleagues of color with whom she worked. She began to change the way she talked in order to eradicate her own racist language and to deepen communications. Witnessing Whiteness is her story and a guide for others who wish to make the same transformative journey. Its primary audience is teachers, but anyone who works with people - congregations included - could find it a practical primer. It is narrative-rich and has an invitational tone. Leaders looking for resources to help them identify and address racism’s often-subconscious dynamics can begin by reading Tochluk’s book and then sharing it with others. It could be used with staff and leadership teams and for small group study.

Curated by Marie F. Fleming




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