Posts Tagged ‘Barack Obama’

Reeking City on a Dung Heap: Donald Trump’s Cynical Worldview and Its Threat to American Democracy

You can tell a lot about a person by the way they see the world and others in it. Those who view the world and its inhabitants as basically good, and who remain relatively hopeful about the better angels of our nature, though occasionally caught off guard by the less salutary aspects of the human [...]

Patriotism is for Black People: Colin Kaepernick, Donald Trump and the Selectivity of White Rage

So just in case you were wondering, when a white man bellows that America is no longer great, and in fact is akin to a “third world” country, and that many other countries are better than we are at all kinds of things — and this is why we should elect him, so he can [...]

Tim Wise on KCRW/PRI, 6/24/15 – Black Deaths and White Culture: Challenging Racism After Charleston

My appearance on “To the Point” (KCRW/Public Radio International), June 24, 2015 to discuss racism in America in the wake of the Charleston Massacre. An excellent discussion with journalist Jonathan Capehart, author Joshua DuBois, and Janai Nelson, Associate Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Or, if the above player doesn’t work, you [...]

Tim Wise on CNN New Day – 6/23/15 – White Entitlement and President Obama’s Use of the N-Word

A short clip of my appearance on CNNs New Day, to discuss the “controversy” over the President’s use of the n-word in a recent podcast, in which has was discussing the issue of racism. Here, I respond to those whites who still can’t understand why black folks are able to say the word, while we [...]

Your Bumper Sticker is Not a Philosophy: Reflections on Voting and the Limits of Radical Purity

You hear it often when you reside on the left of the political spectrum in America, especially around election time. Sometimes it’s discussed and debated in whispers, other times in rather bombastic tones. It’s a debate about whether truly progressive folks, let alone radicals, should be willing to vote for clearly compromised Democrats, despite how [...]

Because They Hate: Health Care Obstructionism and the Conservative Mind

It’s because they hate. There is no other logical explanation. After all, it’s one thing to oppose a piece of legislation and fight to keep it from being passed because you honestly disagree with it as a matter of principle. Decent people can disagree on policy. But it’s quite another to celebrate like frat boys [...]

Phillip Agnew of Dream Defenders Gives the Speech He Was Kept from Giving at the March on Washington

This is so much better, and more important, and more honest than anything said at the actual march this week, John Lewis excepted, perhaps; but I think even Lewis would agree, this is special, and especially because in 1963, the Kennedy Administration tried to intervene to keep Lewis from delivering his own speech, afraid that [...]

Clip 4: Tim Wise on MSNBC with Melissa Harris-Perry: The Racial Implications of Stand Your Ground Laws, 7/20/13

Clip 4 with Melissa Harris-Perry, discussing the racial implications of “Stand Your Ground” Laws in Florida (and elsewhere) Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Clip 3: Tim Wise on MSNBC With Melissa Harris-Perry, 7/20/13: “But What About Black on Black Crime?”

Third segment with MHP to discuss the Zimmerman verdict and race. Specifically, we discuss the way in which white conservatives have sought to deflect discussion about white racism onto matters of “black on black crime.” Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Clip 2: Tim Wise on MSNBC With Melissa Harris-Perry: Trayvon Martin, President Obama and Race in America – 7/20/13

Second segment on MHP to discuss race in the aftermath of the Zimmerman verdict Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy