Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority

Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority

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by Tim Wise
     
 

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"Sparing neither family nor self . . . he considers how the deck has always been stacked in his and other white people's favor. . . . His candor is invigorating."—Publishers Weekly

"One of the most brilliant, articulate and courageous critics of white privilege in the nation."—Michael Eric Dyson

White Americans have long been comfortable in the

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"Sparing neither family nor self . . . he considers how the deck has always been stacked in his and other white people's favor. . . . His candor is invigorating."—Publishers Weekly

"One of the most brilliant, articulate and courageous critics of white privilege in the nation."—Michael Eric Dyson

White Americans have long been comfortable in the assumption that they are the cultural norm. Now that notion is being challenged, as white people wrestle with what it means to be part of a fast-changing, truly multicultural nation. Facing chronic economic insecurity, a popular culture that reflects the nation’s diverse cultural reality, a future in which they will no longer constitute the majority of the population, and with a black president in the White House, whites are growing anxious.

This anxiety has helped to create the Tea Party movement, with its call to "take our country back." By means of a racialized nostalgia for a mythological past, the Right is enlisting fearful whites into its campaign for reactionary social and economic policies.

In urgent response, Tim Wise has penned his most pointed and provocative work to date. Employing the form of direct personal address, he points a finger at whites’ race-based self-delusion, explaining how such an agenda will only do harm to the nation’s people, including most whites. In no uncertain terms, he argues that the hope for survival of American democracy lies in the embrace of our multicultural past, present and future.

Tim Wise is one of the most prominent antiracist essayists, educators, and activists in the United States. He is regularly interviewed by A-list media, including CNN, C-SPAN, The Tavis Smiley Show, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, Michael Eric Dyson's radio program, and many more. His most recent books include Colorblind and Between Barack and a Hard Place.

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"Tim Wise is back with another no-holds-barred take on race and America's changing demographics. . . . Sharp and witty, Wise's latest book criticizes many of today's continued racist institutions while provocatively proclaiming their quick demise as America's racial landscape continues to evolve."— The Root

"The foremost white analyst of racism in America never fails to provide fresh takes as he punctures myths and defenses." — World Wide Work

"In his latest, he cuts to the core of white fears, using his white authority and white privilege to tell other whites that 'yes, it's time for you to deal with yourselves and the new American reality you now inhabit.'" — Drums in the Global Village

“Tim Wise has written another blockbuster! His new book, 'Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority,' is a cogent analysis of the problems of race and inequality as well as a plea for those who harbor views about race and racism to modify and indeed eliminate them. While the book’s title addresses white people, this is really a book for anyone who is concerned about eliminating the issue of racial disparity in our society. This is must read and a good read.” — Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice. He is the author of a number of books, including "The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Race, Class and Crime in America"

"Tim Wise is an American hero in the truest sense of the term - he tells the truth, no matter how inconvenient that truth might be. 'Dear White America' is a desperately needed response to the insidious mythology that pretends whites are oppressed and people of color unduly privileged. In the process, it exposes how new forms of racism have been deliberately embedded into our supposedly 'color blind' culture. Read this book - but rest assured, it's not for the faint of heart." - David Sirota, syndicated columnist, radio host, author of "Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live In Now"

"Wise, an educator and racial justice advocate, presents an analysis of race relations and ideology in the contemporary US, as a letter addressed to its 200 million white citizens. As demographic trends portend a more colorful United States, and as its first black president begins a second term, Wise confronts the white fear of losing cultural hegemony, on the one hand, and the politics of resentment that has been both a real and contrived source of right-wing power in national politics. The book is aimed at a reasonable audience who may describe themselves as 'not a racist,' but whose assumptions about race and social power make them underestimate or misrecognize racism's persistence in the US." — Book News Inc.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780872865211
Publisher:
City Lights Books
Publication date:
01/10/2012
Series:
City Lights Open Media
Pages:
190
Sales rank:
133,317
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Constantly on tour, Tim Wise is one of the most prominent anti-racist essayists, educators and activists in the US. He is regularly interviewed by CNN, Tavis Smiley, Tom Joyner and Michael Eric Dyson. His essays are published on Alternet, Counterpunch, Z-net, Black Commentator, the Black Agenda Report and the Daily Kos. His blog is widely followed at www.timwise.org

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Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A short, but good read full of facts that debunk many racist assumptions.
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madfry More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this short book. It is striking to compare the stance of the Conservative movement on things like social programs and government intervention once the benefits of those things became open to non-whites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read!!!!