Posts Tagged ‘white pathology’

The Week in White Deviance, Week 3 (Or, For the Love of God, White People, Get it Together!)

I know, I know. I’m a few days late with my third installment of “The Week in White Deviance,” but never fear, my tardiness is hardly related to a lack of compelling material. Oh no, there’s plenty of evidence yet again this week that white culture, the white family, and perhaps even white America, writ [...]

The Week in White Deviance, Week 2: A Cultural Cry for Help

Well, another week has gone by, and once again we have a treasure trove of evidence to suggest that there is something seriously wrong in Pleasantville, by which I mean white America of course. Now I don’t mean all white people, mind you, or the entirety of white America, so don’t think I’m being racist. [...]

Tim Wise on CNN w/Don Lemon, 8/10/13: 5 Things Whites Can Do to Improve Race Relations

Here’s my appearance on CNN on August 10, 2013, with Don Lemon, responding to his “5 Things Blacks Can Do” to Improve Their Situation…

The Week in White Deviance: Or Daaaammm…Why Are We So Crazy??

Every week it seems as though we get more and more evidence suggesting that something is seriously wrong with white culture and the white community that keeps on reproducing it. And sadly, white leaders seem reluctant to address the problems. They would rather point fingers at others, shifting blame for various social crises onto black [...]

Facing the Cultural Rot of White America (a PARODY) – Video From All In With Chris Hayes

Hilarious and on-point segment from All In with Chris Hayes, lampooning the black-culture-bashing antics of Bill O’Reilly and others on the right by flipping the script and examining signs of white cultural decay…

What’s the Matter With White People? A Modest Call for Personal Responsibility

Predictably, white conservatives are at it again: blaming black people specifically, and black culture more broadly, for various crises facing the African American communities of this nation. In the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict, and black anger over the racial suspicions that animated Zimmerman’s decision to follow Trayvon Martin the night he was killed [...]

Race, Class, Violence and Denial: Mass Murder and the Pathologies of Privilege

The senselessness alone would have been sufficient. So too the sheer horror. The devastated families, the tapestry of their lives ripped apart, would have been more than enough to make the events at Sandy Hook Elementary almost too weighty to bear. Much as they were more than a decade before at Columbine, or in any [...]

Trayvon Martin, White America and the Return of Dred Scott

For a while now we’ve known that there were significant numbers of white Americans who wanted to “take their country back” to some mythical period of the nation’s hagiographic past. We’ve known it because they’ve told us so, as often and endlessly as their lungs will allow. Little did we realize, however, that for at [...]

Trayvon Martin, White Denial and the Unacceptable Burden of Blackness in America

By now, you probably know the shameful details, but they are worth repeating, in any event. On the evening of February 26, George Zimmerman, a self-appointed “neighborhood watch captain” in an Orlando suburb, shot and killed 17-year old Trayvon Martin. Because Martin was black. And no, don’t even think of rolling your eyes at the [...]

Tim Wise at First Church of Boston, April 20, 2011 – “Beached White Males” and the Pathology of Privilege

Here is a brief video clip from my recent appearance at a fundraiser for Community Change, in Boston. I am discussing the recent Newsweek cover story about the recession and “beached white males,” and the way the authors missed the real story. It’s not that white men are the hardest hit in this recession–they aren’t [...]