A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a writer who I’ve been gorging on: anti-racist essayist, author and educator, Tim Wise. I’m only a little embarrassed to say that until last month, I’ve never heard of him. Of all the reading and writing I’ve done over the past few years on racism, I can’t believe I’ve never stumbled upon him.
I am eagerly awaiting a documentary he has in the works. He has just finished up a Kickstarter project for his documentary “White Like Me.” (Oh, didn’t I mention, he’s white?)
WHITE LIKE ME brings the work of acclaimed anti-racist author and educator Tim Wise to the screen, exploring race and racism in the United States through the lens of whiteness and white privilege. The film’s baseline aim is to make sense of the seemingly abstract concept of white privilege, and to show how our failure as a society to properly acknowledge and confront the psychological, social, and political effects of white privilege has perpetuated racial inequality and race-based political resentments.
I can’t wait to read his books and see this documentary. I’ve been watching videos on YouTube of his talks and picked up his first book, also entitled, “White Like Me.” I’ll be sure to review it when I’m done. I plan to read all of his books in order they were written.
I urge you all, especially white friends to watch or read some of Wise’s work. If you want a tidbit to see if you’ll be interested, I highly recommend this clip. He will blow your mind with his eye-opening historical accounts of white privilege, how we we became the “white race” and his knowledge of history, politics, economics and how they are all intertwined with the origins of racism. I think after seeing this short clip, you’ll be interested to hear more.
If you liked that, here’s another one where he breaks down his thoughts on the use of the n-word.
For more info visit: http://www.timwise.org/