Posts Tagged ‘Obama’

Health Care, Government Shutdown and the Evil of Conservatism

I really can’t figure out what is so hard about this. For Republicans to shut down the government — to cause real pain to hundreds of thousands of families whose members work for various government agencies, and who will now be furloughed, as if they don’t matter, because, ya know, they aren’t hedge fund managers [...]

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 [...]

Bullying Pulpit: Racism, Barack Obama and the Selective Call for Personal Responsibility

Sometimes, white privilege isn’t about stuff. It’s not always about better opportunities, or more money, or even greater access to those things than people of color. Sometimes, white privilege is as simple as knowing that, generally speaking, if you’re white, you’ll be perceived as competent and hard-working until proven otherwise, while people of color — [...]

Tim Wise at the University of San Francisco – February 26, 2013

My talk at USF, 2.26.13  

Interview With Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy (GRIID), 1/31/13

Here is my recent interview in Grand Rapids, MI, with Jeff Smith of Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy (GRIID). In this 37 minute discussion, we discuss the difference between White Supremacy and racism, the failure or limitations of diversity training, gentrification, Israel/Palestine and the future of the Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions campaign, the importance of doing intersectional [...]

Tim Wise on White Anxiety and The Future of Multiracial Democracy (GRIT TV), 11/16/12

Here’s an extended discussion of racism, white anxiety, institutional power and the future of multiracial democracy, from GRIT TV with Laura Flanders. This interview was conducted on November 16, 2012 at the Facing Race 2012 Conference in Baltimore.

Tim Wise on CNN Headline News to Discuss Race and Post-Election America 11/11/12

Tim Wise on CNN Headline News Weekend Express with Natasha Curry, November 11, 2012

Insights and Outbursts – Volume 2

Another collection of short sound clips from longer speeches, each one focused on a particular theme or sub-topic. For full descriptions of the clips, click below the audio player, where it says “Read the rest of this entry‚Ķ”

Racism 2.0 and the Burden of Blackness in the Age of Obama

Section from a longer 2008 speech, 10 days after the presidential election, in which I discuss how racism of a 2.0 variety — which I explain in the clip — may be in full effect despite the election of Barack Obama to the office of the presidency. I also explore how black folks and people [...]

What’s the Matter With White Folks? Race, Class and Voting Behavior in U.S. Elections

A radio-based presentation/seminar from 2006, in which I analyze the longstanding tendency for so many white, lower-middle class/working class voters to vote against their apparent economic interests — by supporting candidates whose economic policies benefit mostly the wealthy — and attempt to explain why this happens. Specifically, I explore the inadequacies of existing theories to [...]