Witnessing Whiteness invites readers to consider what it means to be white, describes and critiques strategies used to avoid race issues, and identifies the detrimental effect of avoiding race on cross-race collaborations. The author illustrates how racial discomfort leads white people toward poor relationships with people of color. Questioning the implications our history has for personal lives and social institutions, the book considers political, economic, socio-cultural, and legal histories that shaped the meanings associated with whiteness. For book discussion groups and workshop plans, please visit www.witnessingwhiteness.com.
An educator, with a background in psychology, Shelly Tochluk spent ten years as a researcher, counselor, and teacher in California's public schools. Tochluk now trains educators to work with the diverse Los Angeles school population as an Associate Professor of Education at Mount St. Mary's College.
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Part I: Dis-Ease in the White Community Chapter 3 Naming the Problem Chapter 4 Facing the Dis-Ease Chapter 5 Uncovering a Hidden History Part 6 Part II: The Journey into Witnessing Chapter 7 Fellow Travelers: Engaging the Journey Chapter 8 Clearing the Way: Whiteness in Sight Chapter 9 Blindness at the Crossroads: Leaps of Faith Chapter 10 Interior Shadows: Lingering Racism Part 11 Part III: The Work of Witnessing Whiteness Chapter 12 How Do We Witness? Chapter 13 How Can We Create a Witnessing Culture?