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Posted January 30, 2012
Read "White Like Me" Instead
I was intrigued by this book as someone who has read (and enjoyed) a few chapters of his memoir "White Like Me" for a college course. I liked the short introduction to "Dear White America" (written by Wise) but became less interested after starting the book, which is set up as a 150-page letter with no chapter breaks. I find this book accessible, which I always appreciate in academic texts, except in this case I find it accessible to the point of being condescending. The way Wise writes bothers me, with his over-usage of phrases like "The truth is..." and "You probably think I'm saying ____, but I'm actually saying _____" and "In other words..." which gives his book a phony air. While I appreciate Wise's approach to race and his encouragement of his readers to critically approach his/her own privilege, it didn't hold my attention. You can always count on Wise for a few great James Baldwin quotes, though!
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