Essay Archive

#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, [...]

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

Some more corrections to common right-wing “wisdom…” Lie: Blacks have job edge bc “reverse racism” No:… Posted by Tim Wise on Sunday, May 24, 2015 Lie: Asian success proves racism is dead. Fact:… Posted by Tim Wise on Sunday, May 24, 2015 Lie: Black superstars prove there is equal opportunity in the U.S. Fact: The [...]

#WhiteLiesMatter – Part Two: Debunking Racist Apologetics One Fact at a Time

Well that didn’t take long. Shortly after I began posting #WhiteLiesMatter entries on Twitter, naturally the white nationalist trolls at American Renaissance decided to chime in, claiming that I had misrepresented one of the data points, and creating their own hashtag #WiseLiesMatter. Very pithy. Too bad their “correction” was total bullshit. They insisted that I [...]

#WhiteLiesMatter: Debunking Right-Wing Racist Apologetics One Fact at a Time

The first installments in #WhiteLiesMatter, a hashtag series I intend to post regularly. The series will debunk, with links embedded, various right-wing racist claims about people of color. Lie: Black teen pregnancy a growing crisis. Fact: Since 1970, fertility rate for black girls 15-17 down 81% http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/2014/003.pdf … #WhiteLiesMatter Posted by Tim Wise on Thursday, [...]

The Crime of Innocence: White Denial, Black Rebellion and the Cost of American Obliviousness

Though perhaps overused, there are few statements that so thoroughly burrow to the heart of the nation’s racial condition as the following, written fifty-three years ago by James Baldwin: …this is the crime of which I accuse my country and my countrymen and for which neither I nor time nor history will ever forgive them, [...]

What Animals! Why Do We Tolerate Violent Rioters? Shoot ‘em All!

Wow, I hadn’t realized what animals these rioters were! This, from a news account…”The crowd then attacked the… Posted by Tim Wise on Monday, May 4, 2015 Here’s the source for this, in case anyone doubts the veracity of my claim…

Brief Thoughts on Superiority and Self-Doubt (White Racial Edition)

Just received a fascinating e-mail. Literal word-for-word, as follows: “I’m very proud of being a white male, and I don’t care what you say! White people are the BEST!” I have long wondered, amid such declarations of presumed superiority, exactly whom are these folks trying to convince? Surely they cannot expect that such a missive [...]

How Racism Explains America’s Class Divide and Culture of Economic Cruelty (An Excerpt from Under the Affluence)

The following is an excerpt from my forthcoming book, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Jeopardizing the Future of America (San Francisco: City Lights, 2015). _____ That the United States has long had a less complete system of social safety nets than most other industrialized nations is by now well established. [...]