Posts Tagged ‘imperialism’

MLK Day Presentation, 2010 – Fountain Baptist Church, Summit, NJ

Tim Wise delivers a Keynote address for MLK Day, January, 2010 at Fountain Baptist Church, Summit New Jersey. Listen to the speech

The Avatar of Amnesia: Glenn Beck, Historical Memory and the Evil of Right-Wing Populism

There is none so dangerous as the white American who waxes nostalgic about what he or she likes to call “the good old days.” Or, alternately, those “simpler” times, or the era of so-called “innocence” remembered from their childhoods, memorialized in a Norman Rockwell painting, or via televised re-runs of the Cleaver family, or Opie […]

Farrakhan is Not the Problem: The Arrogance and Absurdity of America’s Racial Litmus Test

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Thirteen years ago, when I first started out on the lecture circuit, speaking about the issue of racism, it seemed as though everywhere I went, someone wanted to know my opinion of Louis Farrakhan. To some extent, this was to be expected, I suppose. It […]

Of National Lies and Racial Amnesia: Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama, and the Audacity of Truth

For most white folks, indignation fits about as well as a cardigan sweater accidentally placed in the washer then dried on high heat. Sadly, having long remained silent in the face of (and having even supported) so much injustice over the years in this country — including the genocidal extermination of indigenous persons, the enslavement […]

Paleness as Pathology: The Future of Racism and Anti-Racism in America

Published in LIP Magazine, www.lipmagazine.org, May, 2006 Writing about the future — in this case, the future of race relations and racial inequality, but in truth about pretty much anything — is never a good idea. To prognosticate about the fate of our fractured society is to invite retrospectives however long from the time of […]

Frontpage Mag symposium on Ward Churchill, Academic Freedom and the Left

Reposted from FrontPage Friday, March 04, 2005 This is the partial transcript of a debate hosted by the conservative website, FrontpageMag.com, in March, 2005, in which Tim Wise participated. The predominant “narrator” voice is that of a FrontpageMag moderator, Jamie Glazov. Ward Churchill’s vilification of the 9/11 victims “as little Eichmans” crystallized, once again, the […]

Reflections on Empire and Uppity Indians

Published on Counterpunch, www.counterpunch.org, 2/9/05 I should have known better than to listen in to the conversation immediately to my left, sitting as I was in the Northwest Airlines World Club, in Detroit. Unlike most of the folks who have paid their $450 for an annual membership — which entitles one to little more than […]

Tim Wise – Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles, 1/05

Tim Wise – White Like Me speech, Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles, January 2005 http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5036267694177913386&ei=mi-PSrrtFprMrQLa6OHLDQ&q=%22tim+wise%22&hl=en

My Life as a Resident Alien: Reflections on Reagan and “Feeling” Good About America Again

Published as a ZNet Commentary, www.zmag.org, 6/13/04 Despite being born in the United States and living here all of my life, I guess I’m still not really an American. For if I were, then surely I would have “felt good” when Ronald Reagan was President, since, I’m told, Reagan made Americans feel good again. Lucky […]

Reagan, Race and Remembrance: Reflections on the American Divide

Published in The Black Commentator, www.blackcommentator.com, 6/10/04 If one needs any more evidence that whites and people of color live in two totally different places, politically and psychologically, one need only look at the visual evidence provided by the death of Ronald Reagan. More to the point, all one needs to know about this man […]