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Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority (City Lights Open Media)
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81 of 116 people found the following review helpful
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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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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2015
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This book is one of the greatest work by Tim Wise. He tells it like it is; pulling no punches. This book should be a standard high school text book replacing some of the propaganda mess being used to miseducate American youth. This country will never truly confront its' racial past as long as it continue to delude itself about its' "greatness".
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40 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 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. We often grapple with the juxtaposition of race, class and gender daily, all the while having to be self-aware of our own prejudices while working with those who may be different than ourselves. This book will provoke opportunities for lots of brave, honest soul searching. If, however, you do not want to be uncomfortable, then I would not recommend the book.
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on February 16, 2015
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I would recommend this book to anyone interested in social activism and / or counseling people of various demographic groups.

Debunks major myths about racism in the U.S., gives tons of facts and supporting data, and opens the heart to understand how many obstacles people of color face in the U.S..
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 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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on January 10, 2015
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An excellent book that explores race and the implications of the new reality.
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on September 1, 2014
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I needed this book for a grad class. I love the quality (new) and the cost!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2014
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This is a book that is incredibly clear and articulate about why racist white people should learn to open their eyes about the incredibly cruel and nasty habits they exercise daily. It challenges the idiotic beliefs that right wing and left wing fanatics have about how they are "not racist." Should be required reading for every single citizen.
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