With a new preface and updated chapters, White Like Me is one-part memoir, one-part polemical essay collection. It is a personal examination of the way in which racial privilege shapes the daily lives of white Americans in every realm: employment, education, housing, criminal justice, and elsewhere.
Using stories from his own life, Tim Wise demonstrates the ways in which racism not only burdens people of color, but also benefits, in relative terms, those who are "white like him". He discusses how racial privilege can harm whites in the long run and make progressive social change less likely. He explores the ways in which whites can challenge their unjust privileges, and explains in clear and convincing language why it is in the best interest of whites themselves to do so. Using anecdotes instead of stale statistics, Wise weaves a narrative that is at once listenable and yet scholarly, analytical and yet accessible.
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I was not expecting this to be so thoroughly autobiographical, but the updated chronological approach is wonderfully coherent and touches many appropriate themes. Wise eloquently walks through a host of issues as seen in daily life, without cushioning the plight of many white Americans. He never guilt trips anyone, and even offers excellent ways to avoid such inevitable accusations that conversations on white privilege "rely on white guilt."
A must read.
"Great writing made even better as an audible book"
Time Wise's writing is excellent and it's only improved with his narrative of this audible book. His story is relevant and interesting and accessible to readers and listeners. While the topic is sometimes intimidating, Tim's prose and perspective makes it a pleasure to read.
Thought provoking and inspiring! Youll he challenged to see yourself in a new way. Do yourself a favor and read it!
"Good information, but so much rambling!"
He speaks a lot about his past and things that have absolutely nothing to do with the points he is trying to make. If it were down to just the parts about racism it would be really good, but I didn't need to know about his ability to read at 2 years old or the declining health journey of his relatives. His insight and information on racism is what I wanted and he does deliver, but you have to wade through the rest to get there.
"An Important and Needed Perspective with Beneficial insights."
I found And have found Tim Wise's presence and forthrightness in this new era of race to be profoundly important. In "White Like Me" he so clearly helps us navigate his world view and his life through a lens of clarity that we see him as a young boy struggle to understand the world. All this through the great lens of America systemic racism and global white supremacy. Even his chapter on his battles while in Hebrew school with Judaism and the Jewish Working class are riveting. His summation of Jews in America, in his view, are a tiny bit less privileged white people was funny and simultaneously made me stiffen at the truth. This is how Mr. Wise guides us through a succinct sometime overly succinct journey through his life towards his attaining prominence as one of a few white men who are sought after to help us understand, teach, repair and breathe hope into a problem that seeps into every American life whether we wish it to or not. Challenging read (listen) but I'm better for it. Btw. I'm black and gay.
The most important writing I have ever read or listened to. The struggle should continue and I also choose hope...
"One of the most important books I've read."
This book was life-changing. It was entertaining. It was emotional, challenging, and even fun from time-to-time. So worth the buy. You need to read/listen to it ASAP.
"I can breathe better"
Most important book I have read besides Malcolm X and MLK. It provided a solid stance against racism from a white privilege side. Being a black man, this work of Wise it more dynamic and density
"Thought provoking and Articulate"
The first half of this book captivated me as I have long been concerned about racism and I am white. I lost interest midway after I began to notice a pattern that the author doesn't provide sources for the data he quotes to support his claims. I also thought some views he had as an organizer/activist seemed hypocritical and propagandist. His reading voice and audio was mesmerizing.
The author's presentation of the material leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth. I had to stop twice before I could get through the book. He is convincingly not of my stripe, but enough so to bring a feeling of guilt that such is the case. Even left with an empty feeling in my stomach, I none the less have to believe it a book everyone needs to read, regardless of political bent.
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