People, who conscientiously work to understand prejudice around skin color, gender, ability, religion, and so much more, often refer of their journey to understanding. With this journal you, at whatever point you are on your journey, will spend some time each week for the next year reflecting and writing based on the questions it presents. To work through this journal, some of you may need to find an ally, or explore the Resources section to help you develop an understanding. You may want to start a group discussion using this journal as a guide. You will find many questions white people often never consider. That is why they need to be asked! The Journal allows people to explore the background of long held beliefs around race and privilege, and guide the user to develop and clarify thoughts about the questions that are presented. It is designed for weekly individual reflection. The journal also includes planning tool to help the reader gain additional insight and growth. Moreover, it provides tips on journaling as well as a list of resources for additional study, and information about race and privilege.
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Tom Schweizer has been studying and facilitating on the issues of diversity, race and privilege for over twenty years. He is a much sought after facilitator and speaker about these topics as well as a not-for-profit coach and consultant. Since 2000, he has headed non-profits focusing on recovering alcoholics and substance users, HIV/AIDS and youth leadership. Creating a process for people who are new to the journey of understanding race and privilege, was Schweizer goal. This Journal encourages people to begin the personal reflections and steps to realizing what it means to be white in America, and the role white people play around race. Schweizer wrote the book in an 18-month effort that focused on research, especially to discover the ways in which white people can ask themselves questions that are rarely asked in public or private.Review:
It is frightfully easy for white U.S. citizens to go day after day without thinking about racial bias and impacts. Meanwhile, our brothers and sisters of color must consider and navigate it every minute of every day. This journal is an outstanding tool to cultivate racial awareness by posing the questions white people are not posing to one another in everyday conversation. May the disciplined discovery it offers lead you to places you never imagined, both in your heart and mind, as well as out in the world. Mostly, may it result in you finding new ways to translate your best intentions into meaningful action. Debby Irving, Author, Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race --Debby Irving, Author, Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race
If taken seriously, weekly reflection on the questions in this journal will undoubtedly prompt more questions, the search for more knowledge, and an inspiration to connect. This journal should, therefore invite dialogue not only with oneself, but also with additional learning resources, friends, and family. What a valuable resource to encourage deep personal reflection! --Shelly Tochluk, author of the nationally recognized Witnessing Whiteness and Living in the Tension
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