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 elsewhere.
Using stories from 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 ways 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 listenable and yet scholarly, analytical and yet accessible.
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I was not expecting this to be so thoroughly autobiographical, but the updated chronological approach is wonderfully coherent and touches many appropriate themes. Wise eloquently walks through a host of issues as seen in daily life, without cushioning the plight of many white Americans. He never guilt trips anyone, and even offers excellent ways to avoid such inevitable accusations that conversations on white privilege "rely on white guilt."
A must read.
Time Wise's writing is excellent and it's only improved with his narrative of this audible book. His story is relevant and interesting and accessible to readers and listeners. While the topic is sometimes intimidating, Tim's prose and perspective makes it a pleasure to read.
This book is informative & clearly states the racial differences that can be overlooked by the white person. As a white person it helped me increase my awareness of white privilege that has always been present but easily overlooked. This book provides many examples of everyday life that clearly show how pervasive the racial disparity continues to be in our society today
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White Like Me is a memoir of sorts where Tim Wise shares his experiences of growing up white while also explaining how racism is deeply rooted in our society. If you haven't read much on white privilege, this is a great place to start.
This book was life-changing. It was entertaining. It was emotional, challenging, and even fun from time-to-time. So worth the buy. You need to read/listen to it ASAP.
Most important book I have read besides Malcolm X and MLK. It provided a solid stance against racism from a white privilege side. Being a black man, this work of Wise it more dynamic and density
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