Dear White America

Letter to a New Minority
By: Tim Wise
Narrated by: Tim Wise
Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, Politics
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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.

©2012 Tim Wise (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"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.)

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There may or may not be hope.

Tim Wise is very credible and honest. He continues to make strides to improve and encourages others to do the same.

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A Primer on Racism for White People

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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Refreshingly insightful

Easy listen, cleat/concise, and objective. The authors perspective is a good listen for anyone who is interested in resolving race relations in America.

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informative

This book presents many truths that whites will have a difficult time accepting because of what they have been taught all of their lives.

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Provocative!

I loved the book. The content was provocative and relevant. The narration sounded computer like, very mechanical. I thought that this reduced the impact of the critical points in this book. This is a must read/listen if you desire to bridge the divide between the races.

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Wonderful Read!

Tim Wise's writing is clear and succint, with powerful dissections of the most common issues related to race issues in modern America. If you're on the fence about this one: Just do it!

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The best writer on white supremacy

There simply is no one better on this topic than Tim Wise. It really is as simple as that.

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Daughter of a Revolutionary (Watani Stiner)

Dear Mr. Wise,

I can’t possibly thank you enough for all that you do!
This book is Powerful and it covers a lot of Ground. Its scope and factual detailing is just Awesome.

May God continue to use you to advocate for justice as well as bless you and your family in all that you do.

I truly look forward to working with you some day soon!

Best,

Styner Stiner

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Curious Listner

I felt the book if read by the true intended audience can provide a perspective from one of their own into the idea of the role and place of white people in this America. Hats off to the author for not being afraid of choosing truth over white solidarity.

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Magnificent

I have never listen to, or read, an account of white American behavior like this in my life. As I listened, my mind experienced, a release, from systematic and political gaslighting. This book is, if nothing less, Therapeutic.
Tim Wise, has been sent by God. I will purchase and read all of his books!