Tim Wise: Confronting Racism and White Privilege

“The answer is being color conscious, not colorblind. It means confronting the truth about race and racism in this country.  It means asking the tough, honest questions about how the history of racism in America continues to shape the present.”- Tim Wise

Who is Tim Wise?  Philosopher Cornel West asserts Wise is “a truth-teller and long distance freedom-fighter,” while Michael Eric Dyson states Wise is “one of the most brilliant, articulate, and courageous critics of white privilege in the nation.”  An anti-racist essayist and educator, Wise has dedicated the past 25 years of his life to fighting racism and white privilege in our nation.  A Tulane University graduate, he also received anti-racism training from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond.


Wise authored seven books that all touch on race and privilege in America.  White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, Wise’s memoir, discusses the negative impact of racial privilege on black and white Americans.  His book Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity was called “phenomenal” by Roland Martin, and discusses how new colorblind policies worsen racial injustice.  Furthermore, he penned chapters and essays for many books, and higher education classrooms across America teach his works.


Tim Wise appears on news giants such as CNN, NPR, and MSNBC.  In addition, Wise can be seen in several documentaries, including White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America and Vocabulary of Change.  In the latter film, he and acclaimed activist Angela Davis discuss the interconnection of race, gender, class, sexuality, and militarism.


For over two decades, Tim Wise has addressed countless individuals on this crucial topic at conferences and beyond.  A prolific speaker, he has spoken to audiences in all 50 states.  He has visited over 1,000 high schools and colleges across the nation.  Furthermore, he has met with professionals in government, law enforcement, and the medical industry to tackle racism at work.  Tim Wise hopes to help dismantle racism and start a conversation to move our nation forward.


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