Thursday, March 18, 2010

Tim Wise, excerpt: From the DVD:The Pathology of Privilege, Racism, White Denial & the Costs of Inequality

Part 1 (of 6): Wise deftyly introduces and discusses a topic which the vast majority of White folks steadfastly deny the existence of: White Privilege.

For years, acclaimed author and speaker Tim Wise has been electrifying audiences on the college lecture circuit with his deeply personal take on whiteness and white privilege. In this spellbinding lecture, the author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son offers a unique, inside-out view of race and racism in America. Expertly overcoming the defensiveness that often surrounds these issues, Wise provides a non-confrontational explanation of white privilege and the damage it does not only to people of color, but to white people as well. This is an invaluable classroom resource: an ideal introduction to the social construction of racial identities, and a critical new tool for exploring the often invoked - but seldom explained - concept of white privilege. "
Indeed, back in the late 80s and through the 90s, I used Wise' materials in many classes I taughyt at LSU, and later at U of the Okies...

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