Archive for May, 2008

(FULL) Tim Wise on White Privilege: Racism, White Denial and the Cost of Inequality, 2007

Full-length version of Tim Wise on White Privilege: Racism, White Denial and the Cost of Inequality, Mt. Holyoke College, October, 2007 White Privilege: Racism, White Denial & The Cost of Inequality from KnowYourHistory on Vimeo.

(EXCERPT): Tim Wise on White Privilege: Racism, White Denial & the Cost of Inequality, 2007

Excerpt from the DVD: The Pathology of Privilege: Racism, White Denial & the Costs of Inequality released by: Media Education Foundation For years, acclaimed author and speaker Tim Wise has been electrifying audiences on the college lecture circuit with his deeply personal take on whiteness and white privilege. In this spellbinding lecture, the author of [...]

The Tyranny of Not-So-Independent Variables: 
Racism, Sexism and the Deceptive Social Science of the Far Right

Throughout the course of the Democratic presidential primaries, many have asked which is the bigger societal problem in the United States: racism or sexism? Although the question itself is absurd–the two are often interrelated, after all, and comparing systems of oppression is typically neither intellectually nor ethically very productive–there is little question that both remain [...]

Farrakhan is Not the Problem: The Arrogance and Absurdity of America’s Racial Litmus Test

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Thirteen years ago, when I first started out on the lecture circuit, speaking about the issue of racism, it seemed as though everywhere I went, someone wanted to know my opinion of Louis Farrakhan. To some extent, this was to be expected, I suppose. It [...]

Testosterone is not to Blame: Why Hillary Clinton’s Defeat Has Nothing to Do With Sexism

Hillary Clinton is finished, and contrary to the insistence of many of her supporters, sexism has had virtually nothing to do with it. Gloria Steinem was wrong in her now infamous New York Times op-ed a few months back. Clinton’s problem was not that she was a woman and that “women are never front-runners” (indeed, [...]

They Shoot Black Men, Don’t They?: Sean Bell and the Internal (and Eternal) “Logic” of Racism

In case you were still wondering, black and brown lives count for very little in this country. If they did, then the officers who killed Sean Bell wouldn’t have walked away free men last week, deemed by the judge in their case to have done nothing wrong–not even to have engaged in reckless endangerment–by shooting [...]