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Tim Wise: Your House Is On Ground Zero (And Quite Without Permission)

In all the rancor over whether or not one group of Muslims should be allowed to build a cultural center and worship space near the site of the 9/11 attacks — which were committed by a separate and totally unrelated group of Muslims –there is one thing above all else that no one appears anxious Read more…

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Tim Wise: Colorblind Ambition: The Rise of Post Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity

It was summer 2004 when most of us first became familiar with Barack Obama. Then an Illinois state senator, the U.S. senate candidate delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in Boston: the first of his many now-famous orations on a national stage. Therein he delivered several applause lines, but none were as Read more…

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Tim Wise: Pardon You: Racism, Reparations and the Politics of Blame (as Explained by Henry Louis Gates Jr.)

As a writer, there are times when you have something to say, and yet no particular "hook" upon which to hang the missive you are burning to release. In these moments, it is often best to wait, to hold on to the material you find so compelling, secure in the knowledge that soon enough something Read more…

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Tim Wise: On Santa and Other Harmless Fibs: Childhood, Aging and the Maintenance of Hope

This Christmas Eve, I stood guard, anxiously surveying the narrow border between childhood innocence and the complex wisdom of messy adulthood. Little had I realized before now, how perilously close to one another are these two geographic spaces, and with what relatively modest effort a person might cross from the first of these to the Read more…

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Tim Wise: The Myth Of White Victimhood

As a general rule, one should regard with a mountain of salt anything to be found on the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal. Committed to the promotion of right-wing economics and social policy, and unburdened by such mundane requirements as fact checking, the writers of the Journal’s daily screeds have long taken liberty Read more…

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Tim Wise: Sorry for the Inconvenience

Race and the Power of Whiteness (Case Study #399) Imagine if you will a 40 year old black male, coming through security at Boston’s Logan airport. He’s looking a bit younger than his middle-aged self, due in large measure to the clothes he’s wearing: a black hoodie, jeans and sneakers. These seem, at least in Read more…

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Tim Wise: This is Your Nation on White Privilege

For those who still can’t grasp the concept of white privilege, or who are constantly looking for some easy-to-understand examples of it, perhaps this list will help. White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is Read more…

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Tim Wise: Sins of Omission

It seems as though whenever black folks do something wrong, everyone hears about it. If gang violence heats up in America’s inner cities, for example, you can bet it’ll be front-page news. Unacceptably high dropout rates? Yep, you can read all about it, and even hear Bill Cosby weigh in on how the African American Read more…

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Tim Wise: Chocolate City?

If you’re looking to understand why discussions between blacks and whites about racism are often so difficult in this country, you need only know this: when the subject is race and racism, whites and blacks are often not talking about the same thing. To white folks, racism is seen mostly as individual and interpersonal–as with Read more…

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Tim Wise: Racism, Free Speech and the College Campus

As has been the case for as long as I can recall, an American college campus is once again embroiled in controversy over the expression of racism in its hallowed halls, and what it may seek to do in response. This time the place is Bellarmine University, a Catholic college in Louisville, Kentucky, where, for Read more…

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