Archive for 2009

Being Called a Liar by Bill O’Reilly is Like Being Called Wet by Rain: White Denial and Racism at the Missouri Town Hall Meeting

Apparently it doesn’t take much to get under the skin of conservative talk show hosts. First, there was Rush Limbaugh, attacking me for my comments earlier this week on CNN. He called me a liar for claiming that he had said President Obama hated white people, and he was even more inflamed by my suggestion […]

Fact-Checking and Correcting Rush Limbaugh (Or, Reflections on the Easiest Thing I’ll Do All Day)

Today is a glorious day indeed. First, our youngest daughter began kindergarten this morning, amidst great excitement and enthusiasm, and was walked to her classroom by her big sister (in 2nd grade), who felt especially “adult” for getting to do that, I’m sure. And secondly, because yesterday afternoon, Rush Limbaugh attacked me on air. The […]

Rush Limbaugh Attacks Tim Wise, August 17, 2009

Rush Limbaugh attacks Tim Wise, August 17, 2009. Check it out! And then read Tim’s reply.

Racism, Right-Wing Rage and the Politics of White Nostalgia

“How dare you say this is about racism!” And a pleasant Monday to you too sunshine, I thought, as I stared at my computer screen this morning, reading over the first e-mail of the day. It was from someone who had apparently seen my presentation on CNN last night, in which I explained why racism […]

“Racial undertones in the health care debate,” CNN, 8/16/09

Tim Wise on CNN, discussing racial undertones in the health care debate, August 16, 2009

Sick Heil: Racial Paranoia, White Victimology and the Hitlerizing of Obama

If you get a chance, today or perhaps tomorrow, do yourself a favor. Look up some file footage, perhaps on YouTube, of Adolf Hitler, addressing his followers. I know, it doesn’t sound like the best way to spend your day, or even a few minutes of it, but trust me, there’s a point to the […]

Red-Baiting and Racism: Socialism as the New Black Bogeyman

Throughout the first six months of his administration, President Obama–perhaps one of the most politically cautious leaders in contemporary history–has been routinely portrayed as a radical by his opponents on the far-right. In particular, persons who have apparently never actually studied Marxism (or if they did, managed to somehow find therein support for such things […]

Tim Wise on Air America, discussing racism, the health care town halls, and white backlash to President Obama

Tim Wise on Air America, discussing racism, the health care town halls, and white backlash to President Obama, August 2009. Listen to the interview.

Rationalizing Racial Oppression: How the Right Misuses Crime Data to Justify Unequal Policing

It is understandable that honest and decent people may disagree about the circumstances surrounding the arrest last week of Henry Louis Gates Jr. in Cambridge. For some, Gates was to blame for what happened. He became belligerent with Sgt James Crowley, and thus precipitated his arrest on charges of disorderly conduct. Others point out that […]

Denial is a River, Wider Than the Charles: Racism and Implicit Bias in Cambridge

If you wish to gaze upon the depth and breadth of America’s racial divide–particularly the canyon-like gulf between white folks and black folks–you need look no further than the recent incident involving Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., Cambridge police officer James Crowley, and now, President Obama who weighed in on the matter a few […]