About Debby

About Debby

I’m a white woman, raised in Winchester, Massachusetts during the socially turbulent 1960s and ‘70s. After a blissfully sheltered, upper-middle-class suburban childhood, I found myself simultaneously intrigued and horrified by the racial divide I observed in Boston. From 1984 to 2009 my work in urban neighborhoods and schools left me feeling helpless. Why did people live so differently along racial lines? Why were student outcomes so divergent? Why did I get so jumpy when talking to a person of color? Where did the fear of saying something stupid or offensive come from, and why couldn’t I make it go away? The more I tried to understand racial dynamics, the more confused...

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Waking Up White

Waking Up White
The Book  Waking Up White is the book I wish someone had handed me decades ago. By sharing my...

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Frustrated?  Stuck?  Wondering What You Might Be Missing? It’s no wonder. Racism taps into our deepest fears and longings. Understanding how it works is the key...

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