Great White Hoax: Racism, Divide-and-Conquer and the Politics of Trumpism
In this presentation, Wise explores the rise of Donald Trump and the way Trumpism reflects longstanding traditions of white racial resentment in America. By placing current politics in a historical context, this talk allows the audience to understand what is new, and not so new about the rise of Trump. Furthermore, this presentation documents the way in which Trumpism is rooted in a common and ignoble history in which monied elites have pitted white working class folks against people of color, while ignoring the real causes of economic and social pain felt by millions. From Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric to his calls for “law and order,” Wise lays bare the intellectual absurdity of the Trump phenomenon, and demonstrates conclusively the way in which it it tied to an implicit or even explicitly white nationalist worldview.
White LIES Matter: Race, Crime and the Politics of Fear in America
In this talk, Wise examines the pushback to the Black Lives Matter movement, and the way in which conservative commentators and even the president have propagated blatant falsehoods about crime and violence in Black and brown communities so as to derail the movement against police brutality in America. As calls for police accountability rise in volume, the right has unleashed a pernicious campaign of propaganda to rationalize racial profiling, legitimize disproportionate police violence against persons of color, and discredit movements for reform. Part of a long tradition of what scholar Jody David Armour has called “Negrophobia,” the lies of the right regarding Black crime serve to boost support for mass incarceration, while doing nothing to improve public safety.
Challenging the Culture of Cruelty: Understanding and Defeating Race and Class Inequity in America
In this speech, drawn from his newest book, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Jeopardizing the Future of America, Tim Wise examines the ways in which American politics and culture serve to rationalize inequalities on the basis of class and race. From the myth of “rugged individualism” to the racialized attacks on the nation’s poor, American ideology has long served to explain away inequity as a natural outcome of differential talent, effort or cultural attributes. But as Wise shows in this presentation, to believe that the poor and unemployed are to blame for their own plight, or that the rich deserve their positions and wealth is to believe in a pernicious and destructive lie that threatens the very heart of democracy and true equal opportunity. By exploring the way that racism has been central to the development and perpetuation of the nation’s class system, Wise demonstrates the importance of undermining the dominant white racial narrative not solely to fight racism itself, but larger economic and social injustice as well.
Tim Wise can also tailor presentations to focus on topics like race and education, race and health care, race and class, among others.
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WORKSHOP: “Beyond Diversity: Steps for Uprooting Racism, Privilege and Institutional Inequity”
In this interactive workshop, participants will explore the causes -- both formal and informal -- for institutional racial inequities. By examining the various policies practices and procedures that exist within educational, employment and organizational settings -- and which often inadvertently perpetuate unequal opportunity and treatment -- workshop attendees can develop strategies for shifting their institutional cultures in the direction of greater parity.
This session can be tailored specifically for educators (at the primary, secondary or higher ed level), businesses, non-profits, government agencies, or religious bodies, as desired.
Among the topics explored in the session are:
• The difference between individual bias and institutional bias
• The sources of internalized supremacy/oppression and how these can manifest in all of us
• Privilege as the flipside of oppression
• Stereotype Vulnerability and Racial Performance Gaps - The Hidden Key to Disparities
• The harms of inequity for all members of an institution, including dominant group members
• Strategies for creating equity in the classroom, workspace, and throughout our institutions
Ideally this workshop can be conducted as a, half-day, full-day training or two-day training. Participants will work in small groups, in one-on-one pairings, and as a plenary.
Note: Workshops can be adapted to run fewer hours and/or to include more participants. Focus can be tailored to your specific goals and desired outcomes.