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Anti-Racism Documentary “White Like Me” Now Streaming For Free

One consequence of Ferguson: viewers can now watch the documentary “White Like Me” cost-free. Tim Wise's anti-racism documentary will stream free online for a few weeks.  The Media Education Foundation, which produced the movie, chose the promo code "blacklivesmatter" for viewers to redeem. Wise, 46, raised more than $41,000 on Kickstarter for the movie, which adapts his 2005 memoir, “White Like Me: Reflections On Race From A Privileged Son.” The 2013 film features insights from Princeton University's Imani Perry; Michelle Alexander, author of 2012's “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”; and Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree. A brisk 68 minutes, "White Like Me" is a forceful, persuasion piece, designed to explain the basics of white... Read More →

Tim Wise’s Attitudes On Race Resonate With University Of Akron Crowd

Anti-racism activist Tim Wise joked that he was on his third visit to the University of Akron campus in the past 15 years and was pleased to see the audience increase each time.  Wise, 45, opened the evening by taking note of his privilege as a middle-class, college-educated, heterosexual white man. "I'm here because I fit the aesthetic for what's necessary for white people to talk about racism in America," he boomed. "People of color get up and say it all the time, but they get ignored. The real measure of post-racial America is when a black person can stand here and receive the same reception I do."   Acknowledging his privilege is the cornerstone of Wise's career. Born in Nashville, Tennessee, he received his B.A. from Tulane University, where he led an anti-apartheid student... Read More →

New Crowd-Funded Film Explores America’s “White Privilege” Problem

Thanks to generous supporters on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter, anti-racism activist Tim Wise has raised more than $41,000 for a feature film adaptation of his 2008 book, "White Like Me: Reflections On Race From A Privileged Son." A frequent MSNBC guest and lecturer, Wise, 44, has crisscrossed the country to discuss white privilege, racial bias, and discrimination. He wants the film to further the national conversation on race, specifically what it means to be white in this country. "We live with the legacy of inequality," Wise says in the trailer, "but also the legacy of obliviousness that allows those in the dominant group to rarely even think about these matters." The film is enhanced by an impressive list of scholars, including Princeton's Imani Perry; Michelle Alexander, who... Read More →
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