Posts Tagged ‘riots’

Tim Wise on RT (Russia Today), discussing the Baltimore Uprising in the Context of Historic/Systemic Racism

My appearance on RT (Russia Today) news, from shortly after the Baltimore uprising of late spring/early summer, discussing the importance of both an historical and systemic analysis of racism for those interested in understanding the crisis there (and elsewhere). It’s a few months dated, but I just found the link…and it’s still relevant of course…

New Short Clip from Brave New Films: How Media Covers White Riots vs. Black Protest — MUST SEE!

The folks at Brave New Films have just released a powerful new short clip demonstrating the way in which media frames, quite literally, black protesters as “thugs” while de-racializing and actually minimizing violence and riots done by white folks in the wake of sporting events, etc. This is a must see, and something that you [...]

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…

FLASHBACK ESSAY: Color-Conscious, White Blind (15 Years Later: Still Responding to the Same Nonsense)

This essay of mine was original published in LIP Magazine, in October, 1998, as “Color-Conscious, White-Blind: Race, Crime and Pathology in America.” I am reposting it because it struck me that with all the conservative noise about how black folks need to worry less about racism and more about “black on black crime,” the analysis [...]

Preferring Our Violence Wholesale: Riots and Destruction in Black and White

Published on Counterpunch.org, June 30, 2003 I don’t know why these things amaze me, but for some reason they always do. Before the ashes were even cool from the recent riots in Benton Harbor, Michigan, much of white America had decided that it knew what was behind all the mayhem; at least if the white [...]

Thin Blue Lies: Police and the Art of Propaganda

Published on Alternet, www.alternet.org, 8/3/01 Image is everything, or so the commercial says. In an age of public relations, how one is portrayed can be every bit as important as the substance of one’s actions. Thus, it should come as no surprise that along with politicians, entertainers and corporate executives, even police departments have joined [...]

A Tale of Two Cities: “Rational” Racism, Amadou Diallo and the Rest of Us

Published as a ZNet Commentary, March 22, 2000 They are two places that appear wholly unrelated to one another, and yet, as will be seen, share quite a bit in common. On the one hand, we have New York City, whose police, thanks to acquittals in the Amadou Diallo shooting trial, have been given carte [...]

The Kids are All White: Riots, Pathology and the Real Meaning of Color-Blindness

Published as a ZNet Commentary, August 26, 1999 O.K., so let me get this straight: If people of color respond to an unjust verdict in a police brutality trial, not to mention years of racial and economic oppression, by taking to the streets, burning stuff, looting stores and engaging in assorted violence, it’s called a [...]

Color-Conscious, White-Blind: Race, Crime and Pathology in America

Published in LIP Magazine, October, 1998 In a 1984 interview, ex-Klansman, David Duke explained: “You know, you really can’t talk about the crime problem unless you talk about the race problem…Blacks are much closer to the jungle than European people.” Six years later, as Duke ran for the U.S. Senate in Louisiana, a supporter told [...]