Posts Tagged ‘war on drugs’

White Denial: America’s Persistent and Increasingly Dangerous Pastime

This essay was written originally for CNN.com and can be found here. ______ There’s an old saying that it’s hard to know what you don’t know, the premise being that when you’re ignorant about something, you aren’t likely to realize your blind spots. But I’m not so sure. Sometimes, knowing what you don’t know just [...]

Blue Lies Matter: Exposing Police Propaganda and the Right’s Assault on Justice

It’s always easier to be thought of as a hero, I suppose. The adulation, the uncritical praise, the unadorned love and devotion of millions must be nice; and especially when you’ve grown rather used to it. In the wake of 9/11 — after which tragic day millions of Americans began donning NYPD caps and shirts [...]

Tim Wise – Combating Racism: From Ferguson to the Voting Booth to the Border (Speech at Eastern Washington University – 2/24/15)

Tim Wise presentation, Feb 24, 2015 at Eastern Washington University.

Far More Than Anecdote: Quantifying Racism and White Privilege in the Criminal Justice System

“Personal anecdotes don’t prove anything. The justice system isn’t racist. Black people are arrested more often because they commit more crime. Period. End of story.” So read the message in my inbox this morning, sent by someone who had happened across my essay about Ferguson, the grand jury decision in the Darren Wilson case, and [...]

Michelle Alexander on White Privilege and the Drug War, clip from upcoming “White Like Me” film

Here’s an interview clip with Michelle Alexander (“The New Jim Crow”), from my upcoming Media Education Foundation film, “White Like Me,” in which she discusses white privilege and the so-called war on drugs. We are still trying to wrap up the Kickstarter campaign for the film, and closing in on our goal! Help put us [...]