Essay Archive

No, the Virginia News Crew Killing is NOT the Fault of BlackLivesMatter

Just a thought… Right wingers who are trying to make the horrific murders of the reporter and cameraman in VA somehow the fault of… Posted by Tim Wise on Thursday, August 27, 2015

Race is a Political Project: Reflections on Why Your Black Friend (Or Candidate) Is Irrelevant

Sometimes the act of denial is the thing that condemns you. It simply gives away too much, suggesting that it was intended more to convince the one issuing it than the one to whom it was offered. And so, when addicts insist to their interventionists that they haven’t a drug or alcohol problem, we generally [...]

#BlackLivesMatter, Bernie Sanders and the Problem With (Some) White Progressives

Amid tension between white progressive supporters of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign and activists from #BlackLivesMatter — the latter of whom have disrupted two of his presentations to highlight racial injustices they feel are often given short shrift by the former — many commentators have weighed in on the simmering beef. Some in the Sanders camp [...]

Racism, Straight Supremacy and the Futility of “Oppression Olympics”

Here’s a fascinating story, indicating the inherently fucked up nature of the company known as Facebook… So, a few days ago I posted the below commentary on my Facebook friends page and Facebook fan page. It was a relatively sober-minded defense of the struggle for LGBT liberation, and a critique of those who have sought [...]

Historical Memory and the Implicit White Supremacy of American Conservatism

Sometimes racism isn’t about vicious bigotry and hatred towards those with different skin color than your own, let alone a willingness to walk into a church and massacre nine of those others because you think they’re “taking over your country.” Sometimes, racism is manifested in the subtle way a person can dismiss the lived experiences [...]

Heritage of Hate: Dylann Roof, White Supremacy and the Truth About the Confederacy

In the wake of the terrorist killings in Charleston by admitted white nationalist and neo-Confederate Dylann Roof, many a voice have called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina statehouse, and in general, from American culture. That flag—actually a battle standard of the army of Northern Virginia during [...]

Mimicry is Not Solidarity: Of Allies, Rachel Dolezal and the Creation of Antiracist White Identity

In a country where being black increases your likelihood of being unemployed, poor, rejected for a bank loan, suspected of wrongdoing and profiled as a criminal, being arrested or even shot by police, the mind boggles at the decision of Rachel Dolezal some years ago to begin posing as an African American woman. Yes perhaps [...]

#WhiteLiesMatter, Part Six: Debunking Racist Apologetics One Fact at a Time

So many lies, so little time to bust them all… Lie: As the nation’s schools have become “blacker and browner,” they have become more dangerous and violent. Fact:… Posted by Tim Wise on Sunday, May 24, 2015 Lie: Blacks and Latino/as mostly rely on cash welfare and SNAP (food stamps) for their income, rather than [...]

#WhiteLiesMatter, Part Five (Public Housing Edition): Debunking Racist Apologetics One Fact at a Time

Another little debunking for your consideration… Lie: Public housing is filled with mostly black single moms and their kids, who live for free, receive cash welfare, and… Posted by Tim Wise on Friday, May 22, 2015

#WhiteLiesMatter, Part Four: Debunking Racist Apologetics One Fact at a Time

…and more. This is an especially important one. I address it at length in my upcoming book as well (“Under the Affluence”), but here’s a taste… Lie: Black folks just sit back and collect welfare checks rather than working for a living. Fact: There are only about… Posted by Tim Wise on Friday, May 22, [...]