White Like Me by Tim Wise
Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son

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With a new preface and updated chapters, White Like Me is one-part memoir, one-part polemical essay collection. It is a personal examination of the way in which racial privilege shapes the daily lives of white Americans in every realm: employment, education, housing, criminal justice, and elsewhere.

Using stories from his own life, Tim Wise demonstrates the ways in which racism not only burdens people of color, but also benefits, in relative terms, those who are “white like him.” He discusses how racial privilege can harm whites in the long run and make progressive social change less likely. He explores the ways in which whites can challenge their unjust privileges, and explains in clear and convincing language why it is in the best interest of whites themselves to do so. Using anecdotes instead of stale statistics, Wise weaves a narrative that is at once readable and yet scholarly, analytical and yet accessible.
 

About Tim Wise

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Wise was the 2008 Oliver L. Brown Distinguished Visiting Scholar for Diversity Issues at Washburn University. Wise tours constantly and delivers dozens of lectures each year. He is regularly sought for interviews and has been on 20/20, Paula Zahn, NOW with Bill Moyers, MSNBC, and Donahue. His previous books include Between Barack and a Hard Place and White Like Me.
 
Published September 1, 2011 by Soft Skull Press. 290 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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But now that Aji brought it up, even Native Americans are SOL here - Mom was a counselor at the Indian School (boarding - the BIA loves to shift kids thousands of miles from home for schooling) in Talequah at one time, semi-adopted a bunch of kids.

May 29 2010 | Read Full Review of White Like Me: Reflections on...

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Certainly, diversity programs badly need white allies and many more whites to come to understand how systemic racism works to destroy the whole society, including whites own morality.

Nov 04 2009 | Read Full Review of White Like Me: Reflections on...

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