Tim Wise Quotes

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1. “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.”

Tags : Defense Justice Resistance Struggle
Author : Tim Wise
Source : White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son

2. “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.”

Tags : Class College Drinking Drugs New Orleans Privilege Rave Tulane
Author : Tim Wise
Source : White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son

3. “The irony of American history is the tendency of good white Americanas to presume racial innocence. Ignorance of how we are shaped racially is the first sign of privilege.In other words. It is a privilege to ignore the consequences of race in America.”

Tags : American Culture Black And White Black History George Zimmerman Hypocricy Isms Privilege Race Relations Racism The Oj Simpson Trial Trayvon Martin White Privilege Willful Ignorance
Author : Tim Wise

4. “...After all, acknowledging unfairness then calls decent people forth to correct those injustices. And since most persons are at their core, decent folks, the need to ignore evidence of injustice is powerful: To do otherwise would force whites to either push for change (which they would perceive as against their interests) or live consciously as hypocrites who speak of freedom and opportunity but perpetuate a system of inequality.The irony of American history is the tendency of good white Americanas to presume racial innocence. Ignorance of how we are shaped racially is the first sign of privilege.In other words. It is a privilege to ignore the consequences of race in America.”

Tags : American Culture Black And White Black History George Zimmerman Hypocricy Privilege Race Relations Racism Trayvon Martin White Privilege Willful Ignorance
Author : Tim Wise

5. “Ignorance of how we are shaped racially is the first sign of privilege. In other words. It is a privilege to ignore the consequences of race in America.”

Tags : American Culture Black And White Black History George Zimmerman Hypocricy Privilege Race Relations Racism The Oj Simpson Trial Verdict Trayvon Martin White People White Privilege Willful Ignorance
Author : Tim Wise

6. “And in "Elbow Room" the cast sings the glories of westward expansion in the United States, which involved the murder of native peoples and the violent conquest of half of Mexico. Among the lines in the song is one that intones, "There were plenty of fights / To win land right / But the West was meant to be / It was our Manifest Destiny?" Let it suffice to say that happily belting out a tune in which one merrily praises genocide is always easier for those whose ancestors weren't on the receiving end of the deal.”

Tags : Genocide Kids Myths Racism
Author : Tim Wise
Source : White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son

7. “Genealogy itself is something of a privilege, coming far more easily to those of us for whom enslavement, conquest, and dispossession of our land has not been our lot.”

Tags : Ancestry Conquest Family Genealogy Heritage Identity Privilege Psychology Racism Slavery Systemic Racism White Supremacy
Author : Tim Wise

8. “Standing still is never an option so long as inequities remain embedded in the very fabric of the culture.”

Tags : Action Culture Inequities Justice Organizing Racism Standing Still
Author : Tim Wise
Source : Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity

9. “So, in "Melting Pot" the children (about a third of whom were kids of color) sang the line, "America was the new world and Europe was the old," in one stroke eradicating the narratives of indigenous persons for whom America was hardly new, and any nonwhite kids whose old worlds had been in Africa or Asia, not Europe.”

Tags : Kids National Myths Racism
Author : Tim Wise
Source : White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son