Dear White America

Dear White America

Letter to A New Minority

Paperback - 2012
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"Tim Wise addresses whites' anxiety about cultural shifts displacing their power and privilege--and offers ideas on how to move forward"-- Provided by publisher.
""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 DysonThe old notion that "being white means never having to think about it" is being challenged on all fronts as whites are increasingly having to wrestle with what it means to be part of a fast-changing, culturally diverse nation. In Dear White America Tim Wise directly addresses white people's growing concerns about political, cultural, and community-level shifts displacing their power and privilege. Wise examines the perfect storm of events fueling white anxiety: the election of a black president, economic insecurity at a level unseen by whites as a group in seventy-five years, a popular culture that reflects the nation's growing multicultural reality, and demographic shifts that make it increasingly difficult for whites-who have long been able to see themselves as the prototypical American-to continue to view themselves as the norm. Through stories, anecdotes, and analysis, Wise taps current trends and addresses how to move forward as a unified, diverse, and vibrant democracy.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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: San Francisco : City Lights Books, c2012.
ISBN: 9780872865211
0872865215
Characteristics: 189 p. ; 18 cm.

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seaxfamx
Jul 01, 2015

I considered myself pretty knowledgeable about racism, but this book provided some new insights and observations. For any white person seriously concerned about racism, I think this is an important book.

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jbetzzall
Jul 03, 2012

Tim Wise, the very well known anti-racist commentator, speaks directly to White America's fears and aspirations, encouraging everyone to live up to the ideals we are supposed to uphold as a nation. Emphasizing the importance of history as a guide to present attitudes and actions, he makes a strong case for respecting everyone, and seems to reach out more clearly than in the past to those who fear a change in American demographics.

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