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White Like Me by Tim Wise
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Jul 14, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: non-fiction, race-and-ethnicity, sociology, memoirs
Recommended for: Tulane Grads and White Folk
Read from July 13 to 14, 2011

Tim Wise is an awesome writer.

White Like Me is undoubtedly the most interesting book on race I've read, if only because Wise is so readable. His keen observations and lifetime activism are not lost in pages of historical detail, abstract principles or factual references.

The power of 'White Like Me' comes from the anecdotal vignettes that are moving, telling and convincing. His language is approachable and his tone is honest. Wise clearly adheres to Stephen King's call to 'be honest' when writing.

Tim Wise is an anti-racist activist who has, admittedly since the age of two, questioned, challenged and resisted the all too manifest racism found in this country and abroad. His writing is deeply personal and thus resonates on a level that more academic scholarship does not.

As an alumn of New Orleans' college on the Ave, I appreciate Wise that much more for standing up to a school that is not known for promoting intellectualism, activism, social justice or anything outside the status quo.
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Tim Wise
“When I got to college, the fake ID thing wasn't that important, since pretty much everyone could get away with drinking in New Orleans. But the drugs, well, that was a different story altogether, because drugs are every bit as illegal in New Orleans as anywhere else--at least, if you're black and poor, and have the misfortune of doing your drugs somewhere other than the dorms at Tulane University. But if you are lucky enough to be living at Tulane, which is a pretty white place, especially contrasted with the city where it's located, which is 65 percent black, then you are absolutely set.”
Tim Wise, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son

Tim Wise
“And let's just be honest, there is no such place called 'justice,' if by that we envision a finish line, or a point at which the battle is won and the need to continue the struggle over with. After all, even when you succeed in obtaining a measure of justice, you're always forced to mobilize to defend that which you've won. There is no looming vacation. But there is redemption in struggle.”
Tim Wise, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son

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