Essay Archive

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, [...]

#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, [...]