- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Soft Skull Press (September 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593762070
- ISBN-13: 978-1593762070
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Speaking Treason Fluently: Anti-Racist Reflections From an Angry White Male Paperback – September 1, 2008
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In each succinct essay Wise explores an aspect of racism. Wise anticipates each argument that seeks to excuse, justify and perpetuate the line of racist thought. He then systematically dismantles those arguments by using precise deduction, facts, and unflinching honesty. Wise discloses the consistent logical fallacies in the every day kind of racist arguments that many people claim are based on common sense.
More than simply deconstructing racist arguments, Wise goes on to show how "Whiteness is a trick, but sadly one that has worked for nearly three and half centuries. Only when white folks wise up and realize that whiteness itself is our problem will we ever stand a chance of true liberation. Until then, our whiteness will provide us privileges and advantages, but only in relation to those at the bottom of the racial caste structure. It will provide a psychological wage, W.E.B. Dubois put it, as an alternative to real wages" (194). Wise's insights denude the disingenuous and fundamentally dishonest use of racism by the elite as an ideology designed to maintain and perpetuate their power base.
One reviewer here noted that Wise is essentially singing to the choir. But I don't think that remark is entirely on the mark. Wise's persistent commitment to hard facts, genuine statistical data and deductive reasoning make him a force to be reckoned with. His conclusions have been arrived at with such painstaking honesty that their authenticity has the power to enlighten and change minds.Read more ›
The real price of racism (which incidentally is also the real reason that it remains so persistent) is that white humanity remains so heavily invested in, and dependent on, its not so well-hidden but cross-generational benefits. It is with a combination of denial, tribal bullying, skewed laws (and even more skewed law enforcement), thinly veiled racist justifications for continued racial discrimination, as well as informal "white only" tribal networks, that whites continue to maintain the fiction of racial superiority, a fiction that helps to maintain the ideology of racism in the present steady state.
But also, as this author has been the first to point out, it is "pandering to white racism" that keeps the light from shining on the true source of America's racial problems: continuing white comfort with, and confidence in, the present fragile social arrangements.Read more ›
should fuel outrage which should then move people to action against racism. Read it today.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Should be read by all people in America of all color. He hits home on the subject of white privilege.
Tim Wise is very eloquent when he waxes about the subtle manifestations, sources, and genesis of white racism in modern day America, how it exists today and how it damages people. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jason Beautis
Author is a fantastic writer and lecturer. Highly recommend his books since the more things change the more they seem to stay the same with respect to race relations in America.Published 11 months ago by Dale Williams
Tim Wise is an intellect and surprisingly a white man who has taken the time to dissect institutional racism in America today. Read morePublished on January 31, 2014 by Gerald Rios
this is a white man that knows more about racism than anyone i have read or met. hes clearly on top of it for sure.Published on November 28, 2013 by J. hyden
Tim remains the most unapologetic and meticulous white male voice in the racial justice movement. Both his research and his interpretation is spot-on. Thank you, Tim!Published on May 8, 2013 by Inez
Blacks enjoy incredible special privileges in the the US and the UK. However, most blacks exhibit a severe form of psycho pathologic projection in which they believe they are the... Read morePublished on December 24, 2012 by JayWhite