The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity

The Ann Arbor News

"In Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity, author, lecturer, and anti-racism activist Tim Wise gives us a nudge in the right direction. Focusing on disparities in four key areas—employment, education, healthcare, and housing–and drawing upon a wide range of academic studies, Wise pulls back the veil from the face of contemporary 'invisible' racism. He also, simultaneously, points out the ways that so-called 'colorblind' social policies—those which are based on programs meant to 'lift all boats' by raising the overall economic water level for working class and poor people—will actually worsen the problems of racial injustice."

What if the Tea Party was Black?
Jul 20, 2010

"Now that the NAACP has us debating race and racism within the Tea Party movement, this is a perfect opportunity for everyone to do an honest read of an essay by Tim Wise. The official title of Wise's piece is 'Imagine: Protest, Insurgency and the Workings of White Privilege.' But it's the more popular headline -- 'What if the Tea Party was Black' -- that propelled it around the Internet back in April. That's when I heard about it from my friend Scott Sanders, who had it forwarded to him by his pal, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison."

- Jonathan Capehart, The Washington Post

Travis Smiley

"I highly, highly, highly recommend it."

Tribune India

"Tim Wise provocatively takes up the bitterness of the contemporary debate over racially charged issues aiming at racial justice and the general nature and implications of liberalism in a nation which faces the troublesome problem of discrimination."

Political Media Review

"In Colorblind, Wise explores the implications of the Obama victory on the country's racial discourse. His disturbing, but quite convincing, conclusion is that the Obama administration's embrace of what Wise calls 'post-racial liberalism'—a combination of race-neutral rhetoric and public policy that avoid race-conscious remedies—makes the challenging of ongoing racism more difficult."

Can Race Ever Be on the Back Burner?
Jul 30, 2010

"Many suggest that with the election of President Obama, race has become a non-issue, because as he said when referring to the ethnic segregation of the country, there's only the United States of America. However, Tim Wise, author of Colorblind, suggests we might have actually retreated from racial equity."

An audio interview with Tim Wise on the presence of race in the national dialogue.

- Sandhip Roy, New America Media

The Empowerment Initiative Online Newsletter

"Wise's powerful and thought-provoking book is aimed at opening the eyes of Americans, by showing them that this country, in 2010, is not a colorblind society."

The "Post Racial" Myth
Jul 10, 2010

Tim Wise returns for a second interview on Tavis Smiley's Radio Show.

- Tabis Smiley Radio Show, PRI

Sacramento News and Review

"Tim Wise dismantles the myth that full equality has been won and the playing field is level with hard facts, citing studies that have shown the persistence of institutional racism and white racial preference in all areas, including employment, education and health care."—Kel Munger

Affirmative Action: How Far Have We Come?
Aug 15, 2010

"Society isn't perfect.

Wise cites employment data that reveals 1 million black job seekers each year face discrimination. 'We know that job applicants with white-sounding names are 50 percent more likely to get called back for an interview than applicants with black-sounding names, even when all the qualifications are the same,' he said.

It's a misuse of relevant data, Wise says, to suggest working class whites from the heartland are being left out of elite schools."

- National Public Radio

Discussing "Dr" Laura's Racist Rant, the use of the n-word, and white racism on CNN
Aug 14, 2010

Is use of the n-word ever appropriate? Tim Wise discusses "Dr." Laura's racist rant, the use of the n-word, and the larger issue of racism on CNN.

- Don Lemon, CNN

"Colorblindness," “Illuminated Individualism,” Poor Whites, and Mad Men: The Tim Wise Interview, Part 1
Sep 9, 2010

"His latest book, Colorblind: The Rise of Post-racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity, is full of win because he succinctly takes apart the Obama Age meme of 'post-racial' as well as its progenitor, the ableist term 'colorblind(ness),' as the fallback retorts when race—and particularly racism—is discussed and/or called out."

- Andrea Plaid, Racialicious

"Colorblindness," “Illuminated Individualism,” Poor Whites, and Mad Men: The Tim Wise Interview, Part 2
Sep 10, 2010

"The bottom line is that racism and the history of racism always complicates interracial connections, be they friendships or romantic relationships. Folks who have been in interracial relationships for twenty years will tell you that: that nothing is as simple and straightforward as just, 'oh, we love each other,' ya know? There's always this other layer there, which both partners have to deal with in order to work through the hard times that all couples have."

- Andrea Plaid, Racialicious

Shelf Unbound

"The author of White Like Me returns with the timely and provocative Colorblind, examining the ongoing racial disparities in all aspects of American life in the age of Obama.  Wise convincingly argues that by turning a colorblind eye, we not only fail to achieve equality but in fact worsen racial injustice."

Tim Wise, Melissa Gira Grant and Pricele$$
Sep 27, 2010

"'In every sense the Tea Party is able to get away with things that no group of color could ever possibly do,' says Tim Wise, author of the new book Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity. While the Tea Party wails about socialism, Wise notes, they want to cut social services that they perceive as benefits for people of color--and the Obama administration's 'race-neutral' politics aren't helping anyone."

- Laura Flanders, GRITtv

Tribune India

"The book is consistently interesting and, in many ways, unsettling as it challenges the settled opinions on race matters...In a post-racial 7society, 'race-bound problems require race-conscious remedies.' A preeminent anti-racist, Tim Wise lays out brilliantly his views on a society that is yet to move beyond discrimination to a post-racial liberalism."

Friends of Justice

"A new book by Tim Wise, Colorblind: The Rise of Post-racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity, provides an excellent companion piece to Alexander's New Jim Crow. Wise argues that Barack Obama's appeal to post-racial universalism has been an unmitigated disaster. By refusing to address the tidal wave of racist rhetoric currently engulfing the Republic, Obama has multiplied its power...I urge you to run out and buy a copy of this important book..." —Alan Bean

Now Available from SpeakOut - Tim Wise's "Colorblind" Book and DVD

"In this powerful new book and lecture on DVD - anti-racist activist and author Tim Wise discusses the pitfalls of "colorblindness" in the Obama era and argues for deeper color-consciousness in both public and private practice."

- Speak Out,

Of Collateral Damage and Roosting Chickens: Reflections on Racism, the Economy and the High Cost of White Ambivalence
Jul 5, 2010

"The message began ominously enough, with words no one really likes to hear directed their way.

'With all due respect,' it read.

As a writer I am painfully aware of the imprecision of language. Meaning is not always perfectly--and often not at all--communicated by the words we choose to represent our thoughts. But if there's one thing I've learned in the course of 42 years it is this: whenever someone addresses you by saying, 'with all due respect,' you can rest assured they think you are due very little of it. And furthermore, in what follows they intend to deliver to you exactly that amount of this precious commodity to which they believe you are entitled."

- Tim Wise, Red Room

Good Reading: "Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity"
Jul 4, 2010

Tim Wise returns to the Sunday Journal to discuss his latest book, Colorblind. Radio interview, press link to listen.

- Sunday Journal, 98.5 WYLD

Tim Wise on KPFK
Jul 8, 2010

Tim Wise joins Uprising Radio to discuss "Colorblind."

- Uprising Radio, KPFK Radio 90.7

Mumia Abu-Jamal

"I finally finished Tim Wise's Colorblind and found it right-on, straight-ahead piece of work. This guy hits all the targets, it's really quite remarkable...That's two of his that I've read [the first being Between Barack] and they are both works of crystal truth..."

World Wide Work

"America needs not to 'move beyond' race but to adopt innovative public policies that directly address it. Wise gives specific ideas of what those policies might be."

Tim Wise on Tavis Smiley
Jun 28, 2010

"Colorblind author Tim Wise weighs in on the ongoing debates over the ideas of a post-racial America and solving racial tension by not talking so much about it."

- Tavis Smiley, PBS

We Have a Black President, But That Doesn't Resolve the Deep Racism Built into the American Psyche
Jun 17, 2010

Tim Wise, author of "Colorblind," writes on the underlying problems present in a self-proclaimed post-racial America in an article for AlterNet.

- Tim Wise, AlterNet

TJMS: Roland Martin Talks With Tim Wise About President Obama And The Perception of Angry Black Men
Jun 10, 2010

"Roland Martin talks with Tim Wise about President Obama's recent 'whose ass to kick' comments and the perception of angry Black men. Wise explains that it's understandable for people to want the President to take a situation as serious as this and express some real anger, but as a Black man the President has to mindful of how his anger will be viewed."

- Roland Martin, Roland S. Martin Blog

BAR Interviews Tim Wise and Colia Clark on the Progressive Radio Network
Jun 3, 2010

"Anti-racist activist and author Tim Wise on Obama and so-called 'color-blind' politics, Colia Clark on rising resistance in Haiti, and a musical mix in celebration of the Cuban Revolution."

- Editors, Black Agenda Report

Can Obama Afford to be Angry?
Jun 9, 2010

"CNN's Don Lemon discusses complaints that the President isn't expressing enough anger over the Gulf oil disaster." Video commentary from Tim Wise.

- Don Lemon, CNN

What if the Tea Party were black?
May 3, 2010

CNN's Don Lemon is joined by "Colorblind" author Tim Wise to discuss whether white political activism is judged differently from the activism of blacks and Latinos.

- -Don Lemon, CNN

Guest Blog: "Imagine if the Tea Party Was Black" – Tim Wise
Apr 25, 2010

"Let's play a game, shall we? The name of the game is called 'Imagine.' The way it’s played is simple: we’ll envision recent happenings in the news, but then change them up a bit. Instead of envisioning white people as the main actors in the scenes we’ll conjure – the ones who are driving the action – we’ll envision black folks or other people of color instead."

- Tim Wise, Don't Tea on Me

Tim Wise, Part Two: "White privilege" took Obama to the White House
Apr 29, 2010

"The most prominent antiracist activist and educator Tim Wise continues his Part One interview with civil rights writer, Jamie Hines. He discussed how 'white privilege' is used toward blacks and homosexuals, how Barack Obama may have (or not) surpassed 'white privilege', and the current state of race relations in America."

- Jamie Hines,

Tim Wise Interview Part One: "Antiracism is not 'my' campaign"
Apr 29, 2010

"Tim Wise, author of the most recent controversial essay 'Imagine if the tea party was black,' opened up to DC Civil Rights writer--Jamie Hines--about his early beginnings as a 'white privileged' male. He speaks on the effectiveness of his battle against anti-racism, the feedback he's received, and his connection to the black community."

- Jamie Hines,

Diversity still an issue
Apr 20, 2010

"Last Thursday in SSU's gymnasium, a well-known speaker on anti-racism, Tim Wise, came to speak as part of a heritage lecture series put on by Associated Students Productions (ASP).

Wise, a white male who is among the most respected anti-racist writers and educators in the United States, has spoken in 48 states and on over 400 college campuses. The turn out for this event estimated to almost 1,000 students and faculty combined. It was so large in fact, that the line to get in reached as far back as the Commons building next to the ponds."

- Stephanie Christen, Sonoma State Star

Confederate History Month a setback?
Apr 12, 2010

CNN's Don Lemon talks to Tim Wise, author of "Colorblind," about the controversy over Confederate history.

- Don Lemon, CNN

Opinion: Race and Anti-Government Rage
Mar 31, 2010

"In the mid-1990s, I was a community organizer in New Orleans, working with low-income families to oppose cuts in the nation's social safety net. Often, if I told other white folks about my job, they would roll their eyes and complain that blacks were 'looking for handouts.' What's more, they would blame me for enabling these people of color -- none of whom they had met -- to be dependent on government.

Each time, my reply would be the same: Most government aid recipients weren't black, most blacks received no aid, many among the poor worked but still couldn't afford market rent, and others looked for work regularly but couldn't find steady employment. Usually, the facts did little to dislodge the hostile and racialized stereotypes of those to whom I was speaking."

- Tim Wise, AOL News

How Words Can Incite Violence: Tim Wise on CNN
Mar 28, 2010

Video panel discussion.