Posts Tagged ‘poverty’

Insights and Outbursts – Volume 1

These are short clips of longer speeches, focused on a particular narrow theme. Literally, sound bytes or a little more. For descriptions of each clip, click below the audio player, where it says “Read the rest of this entry‚Ķ”  

Tim Wise MLK Speech 2010 – Fountain Baptist Church – Summit NJ

Here is my 2010 MLK Day Speech at Fountain Baptist Church in Summit, NJ. I posted this before, but I have just started using Soundcloud and uploading audio files there, so because this one sometimes doesn’t work on the old server where it was located, I have put it here.

Charity Versus Solidarity: What’s the Difference and Why Does it Matter? (2008 Presentation)

This is a portion of a larger speech, delivered at an event for service providers and community members, sponsored by the Milwaukee YWCA in 2008. In this segment, I discuss the difference between models of social service provision that are rooted in notions of “charity for” those in need, versus models rooted in “solidarity with” […]

A Kick in the Gut(feld): Racism, Welfare Dependence, and FOX’s Clown Prince of Prejudice

I’m not sure how he managed to finagle a slot on any news-related show, but Greg Gutfeld — possibly the most consistently mendacious member of the FOX News roundtable program “The Five,” and whose most important accomplishment was an accident of timing (he just so happened to go to high school with Barry Bonds) — […]

If It Walks Like a Duck and Talks Like a Duck: Racism, Bigotry and the Death of Respectable Conservatism

For the most part, I’ve tried to be restrained. Although conservatives accuse those of us on the left of thinking that all critiques of President Obama are rooted in racism, this has certainly never been my argument. Indeed, I’ve written two books highly critical of Obama’s positions on a number of issues (from a place […]

We’re Gonna Scapegoat Like It’s 1995: Welfare and the Never-Ending Lies of the American Right

In the pantheon of right-wing dog whistles, none is as tried, true, and generally effective as “welfare” bashing. Ever since the days of Ronald Reagan, who fabricated tales of a “welfare queen” collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash benefits by using multiple identities and Social Security numbers, conservatives have known that articulating an […]

Clip On Intergenerational Movement Building, from New Film Featuring Angela Davis and Tim Wise, in Conversation

Here’s a clip on intergenerational movement building, from the newly-released film, “Vocabulary of Change,” which features a public dialogue between Angela Davis and Tim Wise that took place in May, 2011 in Oakland, California. The full film (and Discussion Guide) can be purchased from SpeakOut, here

Essay for CNN: What Is Post-Racial? Reflections on Denial and Reality

Here is my just released essay for CNN, addressing the subject of “What is ‘post-racial’?” What is Post-Racial? Reflections on Denial and Reality Short (for me), but to the point and easily digested, with hyperlinks to sources provided…

Of Broken Clocks, Presidential Candidates, and the Confusion of Certain White Liberals

This commentary is rated MA for mature audiences. It contains some foul language, although honestly, only so much as is needed to get the damned point across. Parental discretion is advised… Attention to all self-proclaimed liberals and progressives. I would like to properly introduce you to a man about whom you’ve heard much — especially […]

“If I Were a Poor Black Child”…White Saviorism and the Politics of Personal Responsibility

Last week, Forbes Magazine’s small business reporter Gene Marks penned a column that has set the internet abuzz ever since. Therein, Marks, who quite accurately describes himself as “short, balding and mediocre,” proceeded to counsel poor black children as to how they might succeed in America, despite facing, by his own admission, longer odds than […]