(E–pub) [White Like Me Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son] by Tim Wise
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In the sand or pretending like it wasn t an issue He could have explained it differently without insulting my intelligence If there is one topic of discussion that makes people uncomfortable than prejudice it s privilege Both elements constitute opposite sides of the same injustice so to only speak of one would leave the conversation woefully incomplete In his thematic memoir White Like Me Reflections on Race rom a Privileged Son Tim Wise details the self reflection of his own white privilege in an accessible and personal accountWhile good I do not rate this book higher Claiming His Desert Princess (Hot Arabian Nights for two reasons First as the concepts of this book are extracted whollyrom Tim s personal exploration I do Secret Baby, Surprise Parents feel that there are elements of privilege theory that were left underdeveloped There is an absence of literature on the subject but the lack of a bibliography was still nonetheless disappointing Second Frances E Kendall wrote a better book on this topic Understanding White Privilege Creating Pathways to Authentic Relationships Across Race that Ieel better tackles the subject matter especially when it comes to different levels of privilege and how they interplay That said Tim s personal account is worth reading There is something moving about a person honestly detailing how they were wrong about something important even if it paints a deeply unflattering image and then how they learned Mystify (Mystyx, from their mistakes and moved to do better Further as many of these examples of Tim s privilege are presented through his own prominent memories of eureka moments in which he erred he does do a good job of showing how even well meaning people can unwittingly contribute to societal problems we mustn t romanticize our resistance butight to maintain its presence in our lives knowing that it could easily vanish in a moment of weakness anger insecurity or The New Baby fear it is because we spend so much of our time in that other place a place of diminished capacity and wavering commitment that we have to be careful 92Also good is his approach to being an ally Pointing out your privilege should be neither an outward accusation unless it has to be and sometimes it really does nor an uncouth callor personal self aggrandizement to show what a good person you are it should be just stating basic reality Truth telling is the bare minimum or being a decent person and acknowledging racial privilege does not belittle other types of personal struggle eg gender sexuality nationality mental health poverty etc Tim does a good job of explaining how his white privilege benefited and protected him rom poor choices while others making the same mistakes would have P.I. Daddys Personal Mission (The Coltons of Montana, facedar serious conseuencesOverall this is a pretty solid book and it s worth reading though I would recommend the Kendall volume irs. S in which whites can challenge their unjust privileges and explains in clear and convincing language why it is in the best interest of whites themselves to do so Using anecdotes instead of stale statistics Wise weaves a narrative that is at once readable and yet scholarly analytical and yet accessible.
Are lauding Wise s words and thanking him or it And that s some shit Can that really be considered workingBut maybe that s the key to this whole thing he s not a brilliant writer his insights on race are not brilliant The basic arguments about race that have been put Rafaellos Mistress forward so much that they re practically kneejerk reactionsor many Black people he s listened to and internalized and managed to kneejerk repeat too and he can come at it without the impact of the aggressions and microaggressions that he d experience speaking up while black and he can come at it with the privilege of being a valid source of information on the experiences of Black people due to being a white person and he s The Boleyn King (The Boleyn Trilogy, famousor itHe is a privileged son his success is the infuriating product of a racist society and that s some shit The content of this book is outstanding Wise makes many a good point about whiteness and the privilege it allows Rascal for and I did take away a lot of information in reading this book Wise brings up a a lot of great points that I think white people need to hear My problem with this book was the tone Wise assumed the reader was an absolute idiot and he comes off in the book as such a dude such a bro that I had a hard time keeping up with it I loved the content hated the tone And it wasn t that what he was saying was hardor me to hear no A lot of the topics he raised are things I d thought about and have even studied It s just that when I read a book like this I want to put it down Another Day of Life feeling inspired not like I was just beratedor being born white I understand that he was trying to point out how we re all a little bit racist no matter how hard we try to suash it but someone who s going to pick up his book is generally not going to be someone who needs a lecture about what a jerk they are What Would You Like? for being whiteor 200 pagesWhat turned me off the most was his epilogue on Katrina a 10 page bitch session about how I don t know what really happened there about how I still think race didn t play an issue in the awful events that took place in New Orleans in 2005 His assumptions on my ignorance left me Narcissus in Chains (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, frustrated and annoyed Frankly as I watched the television news coverage in 2005 which Wise complains aboutor several pages I was well aware that race was an issue I ve seen the newspaper clippings of a black woman holding her child and a loaf of bread with a caption explaining how she was looting and the other newspaper clipping of a white woman doing the exact same thing with a caption explaining she was searching or ood to provide Friend Foe for her child I get it Race was the bigger issue than the hurricane aact I knew as soon as I saw the news coverage I really didn t need a letter The Longevity Diet from him explaining it all to me accusing me of sticking my head. Srom his own life Tim Wise demonstrates the ways in which racism not only burdens people of color but also benefits in relative terms those who are “white like him” He discusses how racial privilege can harm whites in the long run and make progressive social change less likely He explores the way.
It is rare Grassroots Innovation for me to read a book twice I can count those books on one hand I have read this book twice not because I enjoyed it I didn t I read it twice because it is importantBrief autobiographical sketch growing up in Somerville MA way before it was cool to live there I had many blackriends By the time I went to junior high school high school then college I had n I was given this book in my Philosophy Race and Racism class and I could barely get through it A lot of the other students couldn t either it was obvious that Wise was ull of himself The entire read was dull and it went no where It was basically a book to make white privileged people eel sorry Architecture and Utopia for being born privileged I m a Puerto Rican born and raised in a ghetto neighborhood I was in no way privileged and this book disgusted me There is no reason why whit Wise is very accessible to many white people I am not one of those people and I don t tend to interact in person with too many of those people and generallyind him irritating He writes like the world is black and white so when he starts to talk about the experiences of Black and white people he simplifies to make points in a way that tends to deny or disregard the experiences of people who don t Perfect Cities fit so easily into that I ve often wondered if the ease of communicating issues of race along these simplified terms is worth the cost of ingraining into so many people s heads the idea that issues of race are really that simple I haven tigured this out yet I don t know I know it s a common techniue so it s not all Wise here by any means but he s one of the most well known and commonly listened to examples of it I Prometheus Wired found it particularly difficult to read this book because a lot of this is about his experience being a Jewish white man in the South descendant of slave owners That s a pretty white experience especially as he passes So most of what he says specifically about being Jewish and white didn t relate to my experience at all as someone who is read as white but also Jewish and who grew up in Los Angeles as a third generation American in spaces that were heavily Latino or Chinese so race just didn t operate along clear Blackwhite lines Not that race or my whiteness didn t play a part it s just not one Wise s privileged son status seems to be aware of much less to reflect onBut I m also aware that his writing does workor many people I ve watched time after time as some argument on a campus or the internet occurs Black people say some stuff about their experiences white people ignore them and call them oversensitive or whatever it is Wise comes to speak on campus or a piece of his writing gets posted generally saying the exact same things the Black people were saying all of a sudden the same white people. With a new preface and updated chapters White Like Me is one part memoir one part polemical essay collection It is a personal examination of the way in which racial privilege shapes the daily lives of white Americans in every realm employment education housing criminal justice and elsewhereUsing storie.
(E–pub) White Like Me Reflections on Race rom a Privileged Son by Tim Wise
Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti racist writers and activists in the US and has been called the foremost white anti racist intellectual in the nation having spoken in 46 states and on over 300 college campuses including Harvard Stanford Cal Tech and the Law Schools at Yale Columbia Michigan and VanderbiltFrom 1999 to 2003 Wise served as an advisor to the Fisk University Race