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White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son Paperback – September 13, 2011
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''After reading Wise, white readers are energized to join the fray and reduce racism in our society.'' --James Loewen, bestselling author of Lies My Teacher Told Me --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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In other words, I have to think about race a lot -- for a white man.
But even with as much as I think about race I am still oblivious to some of the ways my race has privileged me in every context since my conception. And some of the ways it still privileges me every day in ways that harm the wife, children, and church that I love. And, as Wise discusses in White Like Me, ways that harm me and other whites.
In "White Like Me" Tim Wise tells his own story of living as a white man in a country that privileges whiteness. Beginning with his conception and continuing to Obama's presidency, Wise writes of his life experiences and what each one reveals about the advantages whiteness affords. His storytelling is at times moving, usually humurous, and always relatable for white readers.
Wise is not interested in making white people feel guilty. He is interested in helping white people see what our black neighbors see and feel every day. As such, the book is illuminating whether you have explored the subject of white privilege before or not.
Privilege, according to Wise, amounts to almost every experience that a white person has within their life. Simple things like whether or not your presence in a certain area will be questioned or larger things such as access to college educations are all related to the color of our skin at birth. People don't automatically assume you are poor or going to steal when you are in a store, they don't cross the street to avoid walking past you, and they don't assume you are selling to drugs to buy your new shoes. This is not exactly the kind of thing that there is a lot of expert research on. All the evidence and claims that Wise make concerning the subject are all related to his personal experiences and his work relating to activism. However, this being the case I feel that he does make a very strong argument; I have been able to relate to what he is saying in many of his stories.
During one such story he recounts that in his youth he would go to underage keg parties and when the cops would come by they would do little except tell them to keep the noise down. There was no doubt as to the fact that kids were drinking and smoking pot, but no one was arrested and no fines were given.Read more ›
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I read the first half of this book for school. My school has a race unit and it starts off with white identity development. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Maci and Zoe Read Books
I thought the author made some good points, but much of the book was just a bunch of rambling that had very little if anything to do with the theme of the book.Published 1 month ago by Shawn Powers
Should be obligatory reading for all white Americans!Published 2 months ago by Elsbeth van Tongeren
Excellent and informative book. A must read for all races. If you care about the state of race relations in this country, this is the book for you.Published 3 months ago by Dolores
this is a great book to have on my kindle. It was for a class I was taking but I have suggested it to other people and they love it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by B. Allyson
Has anyone else noticed how jews like Tim Wise call themselves "white" when they want to bash whites, but otherwise continue to be the "race" who has cashed in the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nick
This book really makes you think of the privileges we have being white. Things we never have to think about, like not having to worry about being pulled over just because we are... Read morePublished 9 months ago by MacFour
I felt the perspective of this book was down to earth. The author did not "guilt trip", but rather argues for a perspective of resistance and allying against racism based in... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Joni