White Americans have long been comfortable in the assumption that they are the cultural norm. Now that notion is being challenged, as white people wrestle with what it means to be part of a fast-changing, truly multicultural nation. Facing chronic economic insecurity, a popular culture that reflects the nation's diverse cultural reality, and a future in which they will no longer constitute the majority of the population, and with a black president in the White House, whites are growing anxious.
This anxiety has helped to create the Tea Party movement, with its call to "take our country back". By means of a racialized nostalgia for a mythological past, the Right is enlisting fearful whites into its campaign for reactionary social and economic policies.
In urgent response, Tim Wise has penned his most pointed and provocative work to date. Employing the form of direct personal address, he points a finger at whites' race-based self-delusion, explaining how such an agenda will only do harm to the nation's people, including most whites. In no uncertain terms, he argues that the hope for survival of American democracy lies in the embrace of our multicultural past, present, and future.
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"Sparing neither family nor self...he considers how the deck has always been stacked in his and other white people's favor.... His candor is invigorating." (Publishers Weekly)
"One of the most brilliant, articulate and courageous critics of white privilege in the nation." (Michael Eric Dyson)
"Tim Wise has written another blockbuster! His new book, Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority, is a cogent analysis of the problems of race and inequality as well as a plea for those who harbor views about race and racism to modify and indeed eliminate them. While the book's title addresses white people, this is really a book for anyone who is concerned about eliminating the issue of racial disparity in our society. This is must read and a good read." (Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., the Jesse Climenko professor of law at Harvard Law School and the executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice. He is the author of a number of books, including The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Race, Class and Crime in America.)
I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South."
Tim Wise is a take-no-prisoners force of reason. Looking at the numbers and in his heart, he addresses the elephant in the room for White America. We ignore systematic racial injustice at our peril. "History happened and it matters," writes Wise.
The folks who most need to hear this audiobook would not be the ones to buy it, but that's incomplete. A lot of people WANT to talk to their friends and family about this stuff, but the words get stuck in their throat, or they don't know how articulate such powerful feelings. Tim is right there, like a best friend who gets it and opens the door.
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