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.
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
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.
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The first half of this book captivated me as I have long been concerned about racism and I am white. I lost interest midway after I began to notice a pattern that the author doesn't provide sources for the data he quotes to support his claims. I also thought some views he had as an organizer/activist seemed hypocritical and propagandist. His reading voice and audio was mesmerizing.
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.
Tim Wise has done an incredible job with this book trying to explain on behalf of white ppl the way they view themselves in the world. I wish more white ppl would read this book and take the many tips Wise explain as to denounce white privilege and become an ally to blacks in the fight for injustice. If they could realize it doesn't take away anything from you, it add to your life. The world would be a better place for it.
Recommended reading for all humanitarians. I would and will share with unenlightened human beings. Truth sets one free; indifference , sharing partial truths or lies supports biased ideologies.
Absolutely.. It is a must read for people trying to understand racism and what they can do to combat it. Mr. Wise is a very brave and "wise" person.
All... he did not not sugar coat anything... as candid as one can be
The author's self-reflection and candor regarding his own personal experiences and observations of race identity is thought provoking. the book "White like Me", propels each of us to take stock in our evolutionary contributions to our problems of racism.
This book is one that should be read by all American's to understand racism and its intrinsic devaluation of the human spirit and people of color. "White like Me" challenges us to self-awareness, evaluation and understanding of privilege and our social class system used to deprive a people.
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