In this collection of essays, renowned social-justice advocate Tim Wise confronts racism in contemporary America. Seen through the lens of major flashpoints during the Obama and Trump years, Dispatches from the Race War faces the consequences of white supremacy in all its forms. This includes a discussion of the bigoted undertones of the Tea Party's backlash, the killing of Trayvon Martin, current day anti-immigrant hysteria, the rise of openly avowed white nationalism, the violent policing of African Americans, and more.
Wise devotes a substantial portion of the book to explore the racial ramifications of COVID-19, and the widespread protests which followed the police murder of George Floyd. Concise, accessible chapters, most written in first-person, offer an excellent source for those engaged in the anti-racism struggle. Tim Wise's proactive approach asks white allies to contend with--and take responsibility for--their own role in perpetuating racism against Blacks and people of color.
Activist and writer Tim Wise, now in his 50s, has lectured on race for many years. In Dispatches from the Race War, a collection of essays written from 2008 to the present, he shares some of the clearest, most honest thinking about racism, inequality, and white privilege that you are ever likely to hear from a white man ... With compassion, intelligence, and—yes—sometimes anger, Wise raises questions unlikely to occur to most privileged whites ... In more than four dozen essays, he offers fresh insights on events of the Obama and Trump years ... Wise aims to strengthen the knowledge of whites already committed to racial justice and to help others resist uninformed arguments ... A challenging read that illuminates harsh truths of our time.
A White social justice advocate clearly shows how racism is America's core crisis. Educator and activist Wise collects more than 50 of his hard-hitting essays from 2008 to the present, most previously published online, that address racism, inequality, and injustice ... Asserting, with ample evidence, that 'post-raciality is a fantasy,' Wise comments on a host of events that bear witness to pervasive racism ... A trenchant assessment of our nation’s ills.
Educator and public speaker Wise (White Lies Matter) examines white privilege and systemic racial inequality in this collection of previously published essays dating back to 2008. Even the older pieces [...] have a deep relevance for today ... In some pieces, Wise is more provoking than persuasive ... Still, he offers sound advice on how to promote antiracism ... The result is a bracing call to action in a moment of social unrest.