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"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. There are notes and citations in the end, but no index."—Book News

"The leading white anti-racist commentator in the United States, Wise has long been renowned in academic and activist circles for his nuanced yet pointed indictments of white supremacy's grip on our nation. In this pithy, almost-pocket-sized book, the popular notion that Barack Obama’s election as president is evidence of a 'post-racial' United States is dissected and disrupted. In fact—as Wise points out many months in advance of the November election—an increasingly multiracial country that may have led many whites to have 'discovered our inner libertarian, and decided that government intervention was bad' was evidence of both a diversifying electorate and one in which race is still a critical indicator."—Fellowship Magazine

"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

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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I think three things will happen after you read this book.

1) You will feel proud of being a minority and better argue the current popular racial resentment rethoric (right wing propaganda).

2) As the majority race, you will analyze your own views and stereotypes. Worry, perhaps, and seek to truly bridge the racial gap with true and logical solutions.

3) Or you will ignore this, because it doesnt suit your view of America as a minority or majority race.

Random thoughts:
We are united, as crazy as it sounds, more than ever. We white, black, brown, red or purple face similar problems. Whether its wall street at the brink of bankrupting our country, education,
job security, terrorism, government role, unemployment.

Perhaps white america has tasted whats its like to be a minority, can better understand one another and start uniting as one.

At times I just
think the wealthy pit the middle and low class against one another with racial tensions and xenophobia.

Lets rise above that and unite as one, for our nation and future children.
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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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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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If "White America" doesn't read this, BLACK AMERICA MUST!! It gives great insight on why White America thinks and view issues the way they do..This book brings discernment. Thanks again Tim Wise!
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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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If u are liberal, far left, u'll love it. To me, attacks very foundation of American tradition. Even author falls back onto colloquial adjectives in describing some ethnicities(uses "folks" many, many times). Easy read, diffrerent perspective if ur more conservative.
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A must read for all White Americans first, but also People of Color.
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I heard a discussion of "Dear White America" on NPR and ordered it with Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity (City Lights Open Media). I found DWA more succinct and better organized although Colorblind was also a great read (The concept of a colorblind society has always irritated the 7734 out of me.) DWA addressed a gripe I have had with the media and the commentariat for years. All of these things are happening in U.S. society and no one ever seems to link the pattern or describe what is happening at a macro level. Tim Wise does just that. The legacy of the past 100 years is as damaging as the antebellum era. This book reminds all Americans that minorities have legitimate gripes about public policy and society between the Civil War and today. There is a correlation between the racist implementation of the G.I. Bill and the wealth disparities today. White America's denial-ism injures everyone in America because no one can move to new roles if we refuse to recognize our past and current roles. Please read this book and then share your copy with a friend. It will help the choir develop a clearer understanding of the path that led us here and also inform the maddening crowd that can't seem to grasp that we haven't actually had a national discussion about race because so many are refusing to acknowledge the systematic injustices and privilege that shape our daily lives. If everyone reads this, I won't have to suffer through one more bootstrap story that includes grazing rights on public land, the G.I. Bill, Levitt town communities, and a public school education that served them well.
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