Archive for 2011

Telling White Lies: Patriotic Correctness and the War on Ethnic Studies

You’re tellin’ white lies You’re tellin’ white lies Well I can see right through that thin disguise Can’t you tell I can tell when you’re telling’ white lies? —Jason and the Scorchers, “White Lies” Forget so-called “political correctness.” In Arizona, there is a far greater threat to free speech and educational integrity — a new [...]

“If I Were a Poor Black Child”…White Saviorism and the Politics of Personal Responsibility

Last week, Forbes Magazine’s small business reporter Gene Marks penned a column that has set the internet abuzz ever since. Therein, Marks, who quite accurately describes himself as “short, balding and mediocre,” proceeded to counsel poor black children as to how they might succeed in America, despite facing, by his own admission, longer odds than [...]

Fake Newton: Looking for the Real Newt Gingrich

A shorter and different version of this essay appeared shortly after Newt Gingrich became Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1995, in the political newsletter, Counterpunch (September 25, 1995). Some of the quotes for the article appeared in the New Orleans Times Picayune, in a feature story on Gingrich in 1995, while others [...]

Tim Wise on Rachel Maddow, 10/21/11 – Discussing Race in the #Occupy Movement

Here is the clip from the 10/21/11 Rachel Maddow Show, in which I discuss race and the #Occupy Movement (and left activism more broadly) with guest host Melissa Harris-Perry. Didn’t get to say much but an essay will be forthcoming with a much more detailed analysis of the importance of crafting an antiracist narrative as [...]

Getting What We Deserve? Wealth, Race and Entitlement in America

Everywhere you turn, conservatives are bemoaning the so-called “mentality of entitlement.” To hear such folks tell it, the problem with America is that people think they’re owed something. Of course, income support programs, nutritional assistance, or housing subsidies have long been pilloried by the right for this reason — because they ostensibly encourage people to [...]

Tim Wise on CNN, 9/24/11, Discussing Affirmative Action and its Opponents at UC-Berkeley

Here’s video from my interview on CNN, from 9/24/11, regarding the anti-affirmative action “bake sale” at UC-Berkeley. It was edited down a ton, but still, the thrust of my argument in opposition to this silliness comes across…

“Why Can’t They Just Say Stop It?” Reflections on Terror and the Cycle of Indifference

I knew it was a conversation that at some point I would have to indulge; and last night, amid commemorative news coverage of the events of September 11, 2001, it became apparent that the time had come. Although I had previously discussed the events of that day and the aftermath of those events with our [...]

Crime, Race and the Perils of Profiling

When it comes to rationalizing the mistreatment of people of color, there are few who manage to do it better, or more consistently, than syndicated columnist Mona Charen. So, for instance, when officers from the NYPD’s Street Crimes Unit were acquitted of any wrongdoing after killing Amadou Diallo — whose wallet they mistook for a [...]

Tim Wise – Boston Public Health Commission Presentation (Racism and Health), 2011 (3 Parts)

Here is a three-part video of my presentation from a few months ago, at a Boston Public Health Commission Event, in which I discuss, mostly, racism and its connection to health. Part I Part II Part III

Short Interview Clip, 2010: On Race/Class Connections and the Value of White Antiracist Allyship

Here’s a short interview clip that I did back in 2010 at the Applied Research Center’s Facing Race Conference, in Chicago. Short but pretty good discussion of the link between institutional and personal bias, the link between racial oppression and class injustice, and the importance of white allyship, historically and today Tim Wise 092510 from [...]