June is Audiobook Month: Witnessing Whiteness By Shelly Tochluk/Narrated by Karen White

Posted June 3, 2020 by Felicia S in JIAM / 1 Comment


Hi y’all! So I have no theme for June is Audiobook Month this year. I will be posting past winners of Sultry Listeners (as we gear up for this year), audiobooks that moved this year, and spotlighting some of my favorite narrators. My first week though is full of books that I think need to be seen and heard.

Day 3: Witnessing Whiteness By Shelly Tochluk/Narrated by Karen White is another book that is centered on becoming aware of your privilege as a white person. It is not as uncomfortable a read as some others, so I would totally recommend this to people who you need to open the conversation with. Those that are staunch that white privilege is not a thing or that are grappling with what exactly is white privilege. It will definitely start a conversation with those less willing to have it.


  • The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It, Second Edition
  • By: Shelly Tochluk
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Release date: 02-13-18

About Book:

Witnessing Whiteness invites listeners 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, sociocultural, and legal histories that shaped the meanings associated with whiteness. Drawing on dialogue with well-known figures within education, race, and multicultural work, the book offers intimate, personal stories of cross-race friendships that address both how a deep understanding of whiteness supports cross-race collaboration and the long-term nature of the work of excising racism from the deep psyche.

Concluding chapters offer practical information on building knowledge, skills, capacities, and communities that support antiracism practices, a hopeful look at our collective future, and a discussion of how to create a culture of witnesses who support allies for social and racial justice.


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One response to “June is Audiobook Month: Witnessing Whiteness By Shelly Tochluk/Narrated by Karen White

  1. Thanks for including this book, Felicia. I learned a great deal from this book about our nation’s history but it was especially useful to hear that it’s on ME to figure out how to accept my own white privilege and keep the fact of it in the forefront of my mind.