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Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White (Positions: Education, Politics, and Culture) Paperback – February 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0415950497 ISBN-10: 041595049X Edition: 0th

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Product Details

  • Series: Positions: Education, Politics, and Culture
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041595049X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415950497
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #460,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wise's insightful defense of affirmative action flips the script on the so-called 'racial preference' debate. Not only does he respond effectively to the deceptive arguments of the right, but he also proves beyond question that every day is affirmative action day for the dominant group in America. Until that reality is altered, we must fight the ongoing assault on civil rights and equity measures. This book will make that effort much easier.
–Kimberlé Crenshaw, Professor, Columbia University School of Law and UCLA Law School; Executive Director, African American Policy Forum

In my judgment Tim Wise is the very best of the white anti-racism writers and commentators working in the U.S. media today... He writes in such an interesting and readable way, and yet backs up what he says with data and evidence. This is what is so impressive about his work.
–Joe R. Feagin, Ella C. McFadden Professor of Sociology, Texas A&M University

Tim Wise is one of the most brilliant, articulate, and courageous critics of white privilege in the nation. His considerable rhetorical skills, his fluid literary gifts and his relentless search for the truth make him a critical ally in the fight against racism and a true soldier in the war for social justice.
–Michael Eric Dyson, Professor of African-American and Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania

About the Author

Tim J. Wise is the Race and Ethnicity Editor for LIP magazine. He speaks, writes, and advocates across the country to dismantle racism.

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"Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and activists in the U.S., and has been called, ""One of the most brilliant, articulate and courageous critics of white privilege in the nation,"" by best-selling author and professor Michael Eric Dyson, of Georgetown University. Wise has spoken in 48 states, and on over 400 college campuses, including Harvard, Stanford, and the Law Schools at Yale and Columbia, and has spoken to community groups around the nation. Wise is the 2008 Oliver L. Brown Distinguished Visiting Scholar for Diversity Issues at Washburn University, in Topeka, Kansas: an honor named for the lead plaintiff in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision. He is the author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, and Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White. A collection of his essays, Speaking Treason Fluently: Anti-Racist Reflections From an Angry White Male, was published in the Fall of 2008."

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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jane on June 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
Even as a person who cares about race issues and followed the Michigan cases with great interest, I found this book to be tremendously eye-opening. Mr. Wise examines many of the myths surrounding affirmative action programs and race, and methodically and persuasively "de-bunks" them, in many cases merely by unpacking the statistics that were cited in the Michigan cases themselves. I've already given this book to several friends to read, all of whom found it as absorbing and fascinating as I did. And I've cited it to many other friends, including a number of black friends, to point out the many myths that have heretofore gone unchallenged, even in the black community. I wish I could give a copy of this book to everyone in the United States. I'd love to witness and take part in the dialogue that came out of that reading project. I can't recommend this book highly enough. And do be sure to read White Like Me, Mr. Wise's other recently published book.
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30 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Clear Evidence on August 16, 2005
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Again, as he did in "White Like Me", Wise forces America to look itself in the face and examine the reflection with honesty and integrity. In this book, Wise appeals to common sense, and "scientific minds" for those who need proof for the otherwise obvious, and makes one of the most compelling arguments for affirmative action while rebutting, with countless research, the dubious arguments of those who claim that affirmative action, particulary in college admissions policies, is reverse discrimination and a system of "handouts" to unqualified blacks, who in essence steal the seats from qualified whites. He demonstrates how subscribers to such arguments base their claims almost entirely on the "racial gap" in SAT, ACT, and GRE scores that supposedly "prove" how whites are being discriminated against when blacks with lower test scores take whites' "rightly earned" seats. However, through use of countless research, Wise demonstrates not only how research after research shows that these standardized test neither reflect ability nor determine grades in college. He further shows through research how the tests fail to predict graduation rates for students of any race.

As a deafening blow to the "reverse discrimination" claim, Wise points to the overwhelming evidence pointing not only to blacks' competence once admitted to college (that is often superior to their white counterparts with higher test scores) but to the fact that whites with lower test scores, admitted because of parent alumnus status, take far more seats from "more qualified whites" than all affirmative action admits put together. Yet, those who decry affirmative action on grounds of racial discrimination effectively ignore this fact. Even more bizarre is that it never enters the radar screen for their arguments.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By VMG on January 15, 2014
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Great little book. Essential for whenever the hot topic comes up. Tim references some data and political reports but it is still an accessible book for the non-academics.
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