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

Press Reviews

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."

Tavis 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."

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."

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

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."

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

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."