White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son

White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son

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by Tim Wise
     
 

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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.

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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.

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Publishers Weekly
Activist, lecturer and director of the new Association for White Anti-Racist Education (AWARE), Wise works from anecdote rather than academic argument to recount his path to greater cultural awareness in a colloquial, matter-of-fact quasi-memoir that urges white people to fight racism "for our own sake." Sparing neither family nor self, Wise recalls a racist rant his antiracist mother once delivered, racial epithets uttered by his Alzheimer's-afflicted grandmother and the "conditioning" that leads him to wonder, for a split-second, if people of color are truly qualified for their jobs. He considers how the deck has always been stacked in his and other white people's favor: his grandmother's house, which served as collateral for a loan he needed for college, for instance, was in a neighborhood that had formerly barred blacks. Resistance to racism, Wise declares, requires support (it's better for a group to speak out against racial tracking than for one "crazy radical" to do it), and that's presumably part of what this volume means to provide. And while Wise sometimes falls victim to sweeping judgments-the act of debating racial profiling, he declares, is "white-identified," because only whites have the luxury to look at life or death issues as a battle of wits-his candor is invigorating. (Jan.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593764708
Publisher:
Soft Skull Press, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
154,592
File size:
465 KB

Meet the Author

One of the most prominent anti-racist activists in the United States, Tim Wise is the author of five books and a frequent media commentator on race issues. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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White Like Me 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
1brooke More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for a college English class. I do like it but I must warn you that the racial content is very explicit in that Tim Wise does not hold anything back in what he thinks about the privileges of the white race and the disparities it causes for minorities.
Mark_of_the_GWN More than 1 year ago
I saw Tim speak at a symposium on race, he is a gifted orator and his book illuminates the problems that modern racism (post overt racism) pose to society at large. This book shines a light on white privilege and shows you how it effects people of color.
dominiquesp More than 1 year ago
What can I say? Amazing. I will not write a review giving a synopsis because that is not my place to do so but I will say that this should be a required reading in all of-age classrooms across America, if not the world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tim Wise is one of my favorite people. He's absolutely brilliant! Whenever I'm in a heated debate centered around social issues I ALWAYS suggest this book. Well written!
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MC-4YS More than 1 year ago
well, this book was really interesting. It's about how racial privilage face people all along their lives. This book basically talks about white's privilege. Also how blacks didn't have the same privilege even at shcool where they say that "everyone" is equal. Sometimes i got confused about what he was trying to say but eventually I understood. It's like
you already know what he is trying to say but he keeps on going and giving you details. It shows that being white gives you all the privilege you could imagine even know your not racism. White people take it for granted.
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Tim tries very hard to find Racism in everything often going to great lengths to imagine it when its not there.