...These are not histories told at a distance. They are not told by innocents. They are thoughtful, often vulnerable, painful and layered stories that, in dialogue, locate us on the ground in our own lives...Thank you to each for the courage to model moving out of denial." — Sandra Semchuck, author of The Stories Were Not Told: Canada's First World War Internment Camps, and recipient of the Governor General Award for Visual & Media Arts
...that begins from a place of acknowledgment of white hegemony. This collection of layered and nuanced essays fills me with hope for the real and honest dialogue that becomes possible when we shift our focus from proving the existence of inequities to taking action toward dismantling the racially unjust systems creating them...this revolutionary anthology serves as both a rallying cry and a guide to the reckoning necessary for meaningful change." — Huda Al-Marashi, author of First Comes Marriage: My Not-So-Typical American Love Story
...a fascinating look at whiteness through the lenses of American racism and Jewish Americans; the Swiss and Nazi collaborations; displacement by war; relationship to unceded tribal Native lands; and German ethnicity and reparations...a good reminder for Americans that whiteness may be expressed differently depending on the country and culture, but has always been associated with privilege and oppression.”
— Patricia L. Dawson, MD, PhD, FACS. Medical Director, Office of Healthcare Equity, UW Medicine
...these writers bear witness to the ways in which they themselves carry and have benefited from the systemic racism that plagues our society. Their core insight is that healing does not grow from denial, or from distancing from those who gave them life, or from claiming innocence. Their reckonings full of pain, love, and new awareness...These lucid essays...point the way toward a better future for us all.”
— Priscilla Long, author of Fire and Stone: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?
...for the conversations and dialogue that white women and men need to have about their histories—so that the trauma of anti-Black racism and the genocide of our Native American and Alaska Native people can be witnessed and healed.”
—Gretchen Schmelzer, PhD Author of Journey Through Trauma
...many people of color have written about their experience of white people. Clearly, they have been doing the heavy lifting for a long time..It is a long time coming and an important first step towards mending a society broken by racial differences...perhaps we are on the cusp of a Truth and Reconciliation of our own, if we can expand on the path this book has modeled for us." — Dr. Shendl Tuchman, Psychologist/Mediator with High Conflict Family Systems
...Now, as an eighty-one year old retired man...I have become increasingly aware of my White privilege...At Howard, I shielded myself by not talking about my privileged background...but I was learning every day about the effects of racism experienced by my students and colleagues...Twelve white women...may suggest to boys and men that this book is not for them — a very mistaken assumption...I very much appreciate that I have been allowed the opportunity to read this book.” — David Woods, retired Associate Dean for School of Communications, Howard University
...to Lisa Iversen and the eloquent writers she has gathered together for their thoughtful and courageous consideration of “the unpaid debt in the soul” ...and...relieved to find thoughtful clues that now shape my own questioning…these are really good writers. Clear-eyed women who have faced up to the challenges of identity and reveal themselves with great descriptions...understanding human nature’s wisdom and belonging, finding the order and balance in generations of family stories.”
— Donna Livingstone, CEO of the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
...The discomfort we need to sit in. This is the hard truth we need to name and own. I picked it up off the shelf and faced our stories. I don't know how this story will end, but I know it is the start of a journey worth taking." — Janet Ladd, Senior Director of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging, Equinix Inc.
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Congressman John Lewis quote from interview with Gayle King, CBS This Morning, 6/4/20.
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