Posts Tagged ‘culture of poverty’

#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, […]

Of Makers and Takers Revisited: The Right’s Latest Lies About Dependence on Government

On the one hand, I get it. Census Bureau reports can be pretty dry and a bit vague. They tend to be heavy on facts but pretty open-ended as to how one might interpret those facts. Census researchers aren’t paid to explain what the numbers suggest in most cases; rather, they are charged with compiling […]

Not-so-Little White Lies: Education and the Myth of Black Anti-Intellectualism

Published as a ZNet Commentary,, November 28, 2002 Cherished myths die hard, especially when those myths serve the interests of the more powerful members of a society at the expense of the less powerful. For generations, slave owners ignored their chattels’ humanity, to say nothing of their desire for freedom, even coming up with […]