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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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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: 0.5 x 4.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 all 50 states, on over 1000 college campuses, and has spoken to community groups around the nation. He is the author of seven books and has contributed essays to twenty-five additional volumes.

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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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White people and People of Color have been greatly mis-educated about race in America by it's government, founding fathers, and political figures. Thanks to Mr. Wise for his honesty and transparency.
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I find Wise puts things simply and directly in a way that's digestible. He speaks of his own experience and I appreciate his insights and his clarity. I think this is a very good book. Sadly, it will be read primarily by people who are already aware of the inequities in our society. I would like to find a way to get through to people who are steadfast in their refusal to believe that white privilege exists. I gave this book to one such person and he was unable to read it because of his denial.
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While extremely interesting, some chapters needed to be read then reread to understand easily. I read a little but put it down very soon. I would recommend his other books before this one.
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Required read for a class. Interesting material from his point of view. Makes you sit back and look at yourself.
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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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Great condition very easy read. Tim Wise is excellent.
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Great addition to the study of Race in America.
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