Dispatches from the Race War
Speakout Election Debrief
Nov 12, 2020
Tim Wise joins Melina Abdullah and Helen Zia.
Tim Wise on "Stand Up! With Pete Dominick"
Oct 26, 2020
"You should get all of his books which have made me understand so much about race in America. I highly recommend you get Tim Wise's new book Dispatches from the Race War."—Pete Dominick
Interview begins at 1:03:15
Review in "Crosscurrents"
"Through clear examples, inscrutable logic, and the power of direct language, Wise challenges White Americans to identify and understand the racism inscribed in the very American project and in the everyday acts of 'being American.'"—Romi Mahajan, Countercurrents
Starred Review in Kirkus Reviews
Sep 24, 2020
"A white social justice advocate clearly shows how racism is America's core crisis. Wise comments on a host of events that bear witness to pervasive racism, including reactions to Barack Obama's election, Henry Louis Gates' arrest after being mistaken as a burglar, the rise of the militant tea party, the killing of Black men by police, and the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin. 'The biases that ended George Floyd's life were explicit,' Wise writes. 'Even more, they were part of an institutional and systemic process, whereby unequal treatment of black and brown bodies and communities is normative.' A trenchant assessment of our nation’s ills."—*Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
Conversation with Chauncey deVega on Salon
Sep 24, 2020
While of course not perfect on these questions, Ruth Bader Ginsburg understood how systems of oppression such as racism, sexism and classism are interlocking, and not discrete and separate things.
How will her passing impact America's multiracial democracy? Why does white privilege and "racial innocence" leave many white liberals and progressives in a perpetual state of shock and surprise when confronted by the latest evil from Trump and his regime?
In an effort to answer these questions I spoke with Tim Wise. He is one of the country's and the world's leading anti-racism authors and thinkers. Wise is the author of such bestselling books as "White Like Me," "Dear White America" and "Under the Affluence." His forthcoming book, to be published in December, is "Dispatches from the Race War."
Toward the end of this conversation, Wise also warns the American people that to wallow in despair and hopelessness amid our current predicament is to betray all those who have struggled (and sometimes died), under far more challenging circumstances, while trying to make this country a more equal and just society.
Review in "Publishers Weekly"
Sep 15, 2020
"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—such as 'Imagine for a Moment,' in which Wise describes 'white gun enthusiasts' armed with semiautomatic weapons rallying in Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia, and asks readers to imagine how different the authorities' response would have been if the protesters were Black—have a deep relevance for today. More recent essays reveal that America is in the midst of a 'soft civil war... between those who believe in freedom and those who do not,' by looking at how the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated racial disparities, and by examining how President Trump’s 'perpetually overheated rhetoric' has fanned the flames of 'anti-immigrant hysteria.' In some pieces, Wise is more provoking than persuasive, such as when he declares modern conservatism 'a cabal of hateful, ignorant, antisocial eugenicists intent on removing those they deem inferior from society.' Still, he offers sound advice on how to promote antiracism and 'solidarity and empathy across lines of identity.’ The result is a bracing call to action in a moment of social unrest."—Publishers Weekly
Publisher's Weekly -- Most Anticipated Fall 2020 Politics & Current Event Books!
Jun 19, 2020
Dispatches from the Race War by Tim Wise (Dec. 1, $17.95 trade paper, ISBN 978-0-87286-809-0). This essay collection explores the "birther" controversy, the killing of Trayvon Martin, the rise of white nationalism, and other racial flashpoints of the Obama and Trump presidencies.
Interview on WNYC
Jun 2, 2020
Tim Wise discusses "What Does White Allyship Look Like at this Moment?"
"Talking to Children about Racism in the Media"
Jun 1, 2020
Panel organized by Raising Equity.