Archive for 2015

White Denial: America’s Persistent and Increasingly Dangerous Pastime

This essay was written originally for CNN.com and can be found here. ______ There’s an old saying that it’s hard to know what you don’t know, the premise being that when you’re ignorant about something, you aren’t likely to realize your blind spots. But I’m not so sure. Sometimes, knowing what you don’t know just [...]

Flashback: Tim Wise in 2006 Discussing Bill Rhoden’s “40 Million Dollar Slaves” (Race and Sports) on ESPN

Just recently was pointed to these videos, of my appearance on Stephen A. Smith’s ESPN show in 2006, to discuss Bill Rhoden’s great book, “Forty Million Dollar Slaves,” about the way in which black athletes are used/abused within the pro sports complex. There are three parts to this video. I am not in the first [...]

Tim Wise at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 9/24/15

My speech at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, September 24, 2015. Discussing racism in the nation and Baltimore area specifically. Freddie Gray, institutional versus personal violence, and more… One correction re: the talk. I mis-stated a stat and want to get it right here. In the speech I claim that 2/3 of black housing in [...]

“A Dialogue on Whiteness” – Tim Wise in Conversation with Dr. Lisa Anderson-Levy – Beloit College, October 2, 2015

A conversation on whiteness in academia and society, with Dr. Lisa Anderson-Levy and Tim Wise (and moderated by Nicole Truesdell) at Beloit College, 10/2/15

Tim Wise Discusses His New Book, “Under the Affluence,” on the Tavis Smiley Show (PBS), 10/15/15

My appearance on the Tavis Smiley Show, October 15, 2015 to discuss my new book, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America

Tim Wise Discusses His New Book, “Under the Affluence,” on the Laura Flanders Show, 10/13/15

My discussion with Laura Flanders about racism, the class system and my new book, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America, which aired on October 13, 2015.

Tim Wise on RT (Russia Today), discussing the Baltimore Uprising in the Context of Historic/Systemic Racism

My appearance on RT (Russia Today) news, from shortly after the Baltimore uprising of late spring/early summer, discussing the importance of both an historical and systemic analysis of racism for those interested in understanding the crisis there (and elsewhere). It’s a few months dated, but I just found the link…and it’s still relevant of course…

Kim Davis is No Rosa Parks (and Christian Hegemony is Not a Civil Right)

It is an axiom of modern American politics: whenever someone does something that you really don’t like, they are to be immediately analogized to Hitler. Conversely, when someone does something you support quite a bit, you are to proclaim them the modern day incarnation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Or at least Rosa Parks. Thus, [...]

Blue Lies Matter: Exposing Police Propaganda and the Right’s Assault on Justice

It’s always easier to be thought of as a hero, I suppose. The adulation, the uncritical praise, the unadorned love and devotion of millions must be nice; and especially when you’ve grown rather used to it. In the wake of 9/11 — after which tragic day millions of Americans began donning NYPD caps and shirts [...]

“Undoing Racism in the Nation’s Cities” – National League of Cities panel, 8/25/15, Washington DC

My recent appearance on the “Undoing Racism in the Nation’s Cities” panel for the National League of Cities, at the Washington DC Newseum Featuring: Clarence Anthony, CEO, National League of Cities; Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor of Gary, Indiana; Tim Wise; Matt Zone, Councilmember, Cleveland, Ohio, and 2nd VP, National League of Cities