Posts Tagged ‘crime’

#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…

The Eyes of Our Whites: Racial Perceptions and Racial Reality in Ferguson and Beyond

You really can’t have it both ways. You cannot praise the Justice Department for, in effect, exonerating officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown—and argue how that report proves that the black community’s outrage over police racism was manufactured—and yet ignore the Department’s companion report (or even worse, criticize it as the [...]

Tim Wise at Portland Community College – 1/29/15 – “Ferguson and Beyond: Racism, White Denial, and Criminal Justice”

Video of the first of two presentations I made at Portland Community College, 1/29/15

We Don’t Need Nice, We Need Justice: Racism and the Moral Blindness of White America

This past week, Chris Rock noted in an interview that in his estimation, America is producing the nicest white people in its history. Perhaps. But if so, this only suggests the pitiable limits of niceness and its utter irrelevance for the production of something approaching justice, or for that matter even insight. And if so, [...]

Far More Than Anecdote: Quantifying Racism and White Privilege in the Criminal Justice System

“Personal anecdotes don’t prove anything. The justice system isn’t racist. Black people are arrested more often because they commit more crime. Period. End of story.” So read the message in my inbox this morning, sent by someone who had happened across my essay about Ferguson, the grand jury decision in the Darren Wilson case, and [...]

Resurrecting Apartheid: White Police and Politicians are Waging War on Black America

It seems like no exaggeration to suggest that at this moment, a half-century after the greatest victories of the civil rights movement, America is drifting backwards towards apartheid. It’s not a word I use lightly, nor one we are accustomed to using when describing our current condition. Indeed, its not even a word that most [...]

“You Don’t Really Know Us…” 5th Graders in Chicago Brilliantly Confront Media Imagery

Amazing and powerful discussion on NPR with two 5th graders from Chicago (South Shore), whose essay (along with their class), entitled “You Don’t Really Know Us,” was published in the Chicago Tribune. Powerful testament to the ability of even 10 or 11 year olds to see through the phony, hostile and prejudicial media narratives that [...]