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White Like Me

White Like Me

Written by Tim Wise

Narrated by Tim Wise


White Like Me

Written by Tim Wise

Narrated by Tim Wise

ratings:
4/5 (215 ratings)
Length:
11 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Dec 29, 2015
ISBN:
9781518906947
Format:
Audiobook

Editor's Note

A great primer…

More than a decade after its initial publication, Wise’s words still resonant and reveal just how silly it is to claim that we’re living in a “post-racial” America. A great primer on the complications of being a good ally.

Description

With a new preface and updated chapters, White Like Me is one-part memoir, one-part polemical essay collection. It is a personal examination of the way in which racial privilege shapes the daily lives of white Americans in every realm: employment, education, housing, criminal justice, and elsewhere.

Using stories from his own life, Tim Wise demonstrates the ways in which racism not only burdens people of color, but also benefits, in relative terms, those who are “white like him.” He discusses how racial privilege can harm whites in the long run and make progressive social change less likely. He explores the ways in which whites can challenge their unjust privileges, and explains in clear and convincing language why it is in the best interest of whites themselves to do so. Using anecdotes instead of stale statistics, Wise weaves a narrative that is at once readable and yet scholarly, analytical and yet accessible.
Publisher:
Released:
Dec 29, 2015
ISBN:
9781518906947
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Tim Wise, whom scholar and philosopher Cornel West calls, "A vanilla brother in the tradition of (abolitionist) John Brown," is among the nation's most prominent antiracist essayists and educators. He has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences throughout North America, on over 1000 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of conferences, and to community groups across the nation about methods for dismantling racism. Wise's antiracism work traces back to his days as a college activist in the 1980s, fighting for divestment from (and economic sanctions against) apartheid South Africa. After graduation, he threw himself into social justice efforts full-time, as a Youth Coordinator and Associate Director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism: the largest of the many groups organized in the early 1990s to defeat the political candidacies of white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. From there, he became a community organizer in New Orleans' public housing, and a policy analyst for a children's advocacy group focused on combatting poverty and economic inequity. He has served as an adjunct professor at the Smith College School of Social Work, in Northampton, MA., and from 1999-2003 was an advisor to the Fisk University Race Relations Institute in Nashville, TN.  Wise is the author of seven previous books, including Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America and has been featured in several documentaries, including "The Great White Hoax: Donald Trump and the Politics of Race and Class in America," and "White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America." Wise is one of five persons—including President Barack Obama—interviewed for a video exhibition on race relations in America, featured at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC. His media presence includes dozens of appearances on CNN, MSNBC and NPR, feature interviews on ABC’s 20/20 and CBS’s 48 Hours, as well as videos posted on YouTube, Facebook and other social media platforms that have received over 20 million views. His podcast, "Speak Out with Tim Wise," features bi-weekly interviews with activists, scholars and artists about movement building and strategies for social change.



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  • More than a decade after its initial publication, Wise's words still resonant and reveal just how absurd it is to claim that we're living in a "post-racial" America. A great primer on the complications of being a good ally.

    Scribd Editors
  • More than a decade after its initial publication, Wise's words still resonant and reveal just how silly it is to claim that we're living in a "post-racial" America. A great primer on the complications of being a good ally.

    Scribd Editors

Reader reviews

  • (5/5)
    I don't agree with everything Tim Wise says, but he's a great writer (and amazing speaker -- I heard him on January 17 of this year) and thinker. He is incredibly effective at identifying and raising awareness of white privilege and systemic racism. This is a book I should reread regularly, and his short chapter titled "Parenthood" is one that I'm thinking about copying and distributing to some of my friends who are the parents of young children.
  • (1/5)
    Bemoaning the state of race relations in America to the tune of 6 figures a year is not some emancipatory praxis. Wise is a hustler and an OK writer
  • (1/5)
    Nothing detrimental. To spend 11 hours is a waste of my time. Just another tikki alum kind of race huckster, I mean, author.
  • (5/5)
    Amazing book! Helped me think more critically about race. Thank you.
  • (5/5)
    A wake up call for anyone who thinks they are not racist and/or has not benefited from white privilege.
  • (5/5)
    Outstanding memoire written like a treatise on Whiteness and why it’s necessary for all people, regardless of “race” to fight the inequities for people of color that come with Whites living comfortably in their privilege.