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Product Details

  • Series: City Lights Open Media
  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: City Lights Publishers; 1 edition (January 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872865215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872865211
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

About 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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"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."

Customer Reviews

It's time to get over it!
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Periodically, a person like this comes along, and renews your faith in humanity and the potential for how truly great this country really could be.
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Please read this book and then share your copy with a friend.
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79 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Retired White Guy in The OC on January 2, 2012
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I just finished "Dear White America" and I believe it is a must read for all white-Americans in this particular election year. As a retired white-guy, living in the VERY conservative Orange County California (aka The OC), I am probably not the "typical" reader/demographic for Tim Wise's works, yet I find him to be a great thinker, educator, & student of history. Having read Tim's books "White Like Me" (which is one of my top-10 all-time favorites), "Colorblind", & "Speaking Treason Fluently", plus owning two DVD's of Tim's speeches on White Privilege, much in this book seemed to me to be a compilation of his other material, but updated with some current facts & statistics that I believe are especially important to all voters in this important upcoming Presidential election, no matter where your political alliances lie. This book is, to me, much more "readable" than "Colorblind" while addressing most of the issues in that excellent work. My only personal gripe with some of Tim's earlier books/writing is that sometimes it's too "academic" in nature, & I worry that some of my friends may not persevere to complete the book. This is a book I'll be giving to many friends, & even some not-so-friendly acquaintances. Although I stated that I believe this is a must read for all white-Americans, I believe it's an interesting read for all people. I wholeheartedly give this a 5-star rating.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By nsoroma on August 30, 2013
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As an African-American I totally understand and agree with most of what Tim Wise has to say. It's a relief to know that another American who happens to be "white" can finally understand how people who look like me feel and have to deal with in this country.
I do wonder how many other "whites" will get what he's trying to explain or care to get it!
I think it takes a special person who makes a special effort to understand people different from them by race, gender, religion etc.
It'll be those special people who will appreciate this book.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Troy L. on September 3, 2013
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This should be required reading for anyone who lacks tolerance, fair-mindedness, and good will toward fellow citizens. After reading this book, my first thought was this person should be appointed to head this country's Federal Civil Rights operations. As an African-American male, I would be very comfortable entrusting my civil liberties to anyone who exhibits his kind of sensitivity and general fairness in looking beyond stereotypes, labels, and historical disregard for facts. Periodically, a person like this comes along, and renews your faith in humanity and the potential for how truly great this country really could be.
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40 of 61 people found the following review helpful By TwoKidsandACat on December 30, 2011
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I just finished reading my copy of Mr. Wise's book. Yes, I have actually read the book. Because I have read some of his previous works I can say that it is classic Tim Wise, yet there are unexpected surprises. He will warn you at the beginning of the book that it is written in the form of a letter, so you will not see references and notes until the very end of the book, with corresponding page numbers. In my opinion, this improves the flow of how the book reads, so most of the time it really sounds like a letter.

If you are a person of color, you will have a sense of the book "preaching to the choir," as Mr. Wise will elude to at the beginning. However, this doesn't mean that you will enjoy it any less, and you will learn recent statistics that you may not have been aware of. What I appreciated most about the book was learning about the long history of white anti-racism proponents in this country, and the call for this history to play a more active role in American history books, if for no other reason than to serve as encouraging examples and role models for 21st century White Americans. He also deftly reveals the very subtle, racially influenced thought processes hiding behind the reasons one Tea Party supporter gave in an email exchange when vocalizing their support for the party. He does so without accusing them of being racist, pointing out that it is nearly impossible to live in America and NOT be influenced by our country's racially charged history, regardless of ethnicity. I also appreciate his take on the Asian "model minority" concept.

I am a graduate social work student, and would love to see this book become required reading in our curriculum.
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By Yungbldz on October 25, 2013
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Tim Wise takes you into your Caucasian neighbor talks behind close doors, most times just after speaking with them. It nice to know what you are up against to know how to combat this idea mindset and make strives despite this ignorance and bigotry.
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By MsVicki on August 27, 2014
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This book is not what I expected it to be. It contains a lot of truth, and I would challenge all ethnicities to read and learn. I appreciated the many references that were cited to prove that the author was not just pulling words out of the air.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By kdb on August 30, 2012
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my experience has been similar to Tim's. This has confirmed the truth to his findings. This is one of the best commentary i have ever read in my many years in being involved in the race issue in the US.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dkent on August 3, 2013
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This book was excellent and I hope others will read this book. The world belongs to all races and all of them
should be respected no matter what. All are GOD children this is for everyone. Nobody is better that another.
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