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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Susie
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  • 07-11-16

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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great book

This was a great book but too little too late. These Dear White People had a forewarning of things to come should they choose the path if least resistance and racism vs. share and share alike by treating others as you would like to be treated. But THEY chose the former racist stance, rather than acknowledge their short comings thereby doing the work to reverse and rectify the situation. All this because they NEED to feel superior to another and subjugate whom they deem inferior. This book offered a clear, optimistic option to this current situation and THESE IDIOTS chose the ditch and the gutter. Congratulations Dear White People! Congratulations.

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Keeping it 100

Have to appreciate and admire anyone who is using their platform and privilege to expose the hypocrisy of whiteness. This book gives the reader an articulate perspective that can be enjoyed by the human family who's interested in freedom, justice, and equality for all. Thank you for this perspective.

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A Rare Look Into A White Perspective

Three times I've listened to this book and I am still amazed. As an African American I thought I understood why White America created a historical narrative to protect their privilege. This book has been enlightening