Archive for 2006

Paleness as Pathology: The Future of Racism and Anti-Racism in America

Published in LIP Magazine,, May, 2006 Writing about the future — in this case, the future of race relations and racial inequality, but in truth about pretty much anything — is never a good idea. To prognosticate about the fate of our fractured society is to invite retrospectives however long from the time of […]

What Kind of Card is Race?: The Absurdity (and Consistency) of White Denial

Published on Counterpunch,, April 24, 2006 Recently, I was asked by someone in the audience of one of my speeches, whether or not I believed that racism–though certainly a problem–might also be something conjured up by people of color in situations where the charge was inappropriate. In other words, did I believe that occasionally […]

Tim Wise on “Use of the N-Word,” panel discussion, Boston College, February 2006

Tim Wise discusses the use of the n-word by whites and/or by blacks, during a panel at Boston College, February 8, 2006

Rebels Without a Clue, Revisited*: Racism, Neo-Confederacy and the Raising of Historical Illiterates

Published on, February 3, 2006 Here’s a little experiment, in two parts. First, pick a white person, pretty much any white person; then go up to them and mention the subject of slavery, and its consequences for blacks in the United States. Then pull out a stopwatch and time how long it takes for […]

Of Chocolate Cities and Vanilla Indignation: Reflections on the Manufacturing of “Reverse” Racism

Published as a ZNet Commentary, January 28, 2006 If you’re looking to understand why discussions between blacks and whites about racism are often so difficult in this country, you need only know this: when the subject is race and racism, whites and blacks are often not talking about the same thing. To white folks, racism […]

Racism, Free Speech and the College Campus – Part Two: Bigots’ Personal Growth Shouldn’t Come at Expense of Others

Published by The Black Commentator, January 5, 2006 Recently, I published an essay concerning racism on college campuses and the issue of free speech. The commentary was prompted by news that Andrei Chira, a freshman at Bellarmine University, in Louisville, has been wearing a neo-Nazi armband around the school for the better part of the […]