Tim Wise: Between Barack and a Hard Place Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama City Lights Open Media

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A fantastic book Published 10 years ago and still so poignant and sad to ead considering who our president is nowGreat insight into white denial post Katrina acial ineuality antiracism and the false narrative of transcending ace Highly highly ecommend adding this to your TBR I ve been so frustrated with all the talk about how we e now in a post acial era This little volume puts to words what I ve been feeling about that and in a much better way than I ever could It packs so much into such a little book that I can only skim the surface here Wise provides excellent analysis of where we ve been and where we are with egard to acism in the US He focuses on a concept of enlightened exceptionalism in which white people will accept people of color if they are viewed as exceptional ie whites view them as exceptions and they don t make white people feel bad about acism In our supposedly post acial society people who emind us that acism still exists on a massive scale are seen as party pooping liars my words Wise eminds us that acism hasn t disappeared it s just become sophisticatedOne of my favorite sections Whites must learn to listen to and believe what people of color say about acism especially in their own lives And not just those persons of color who eassure us of how wonderful our nation is or who make us feel good as is the case apparently with Obama but black and brown folks who have no desire to soft pedal the truth for whatever purposes personal or political Read it Tim Wise gets it He not only ecognizes there are than one point of view of the United States but that those points of view create several different ealities of life in the United States of America These different ealities are parallel universes and all is not well in all of them Barack Obama s election to the highest office in the nation does not signify the end of acism and its associated ills in the United States but ather may be used by some to postpone facing and slaying the dragons of bias and preference that are still alive and well He addresses the issues covered in the media and as the late adio commentator Paul Harvey used to say he tells the est of the story He brings to light some of the stories about the hurricane Katrina disaster that no mainstream media dared to touch present day acists shooting at African Americans for fun and he eveals some of their hateful internet postings bragging about their murderous deeds He calls it like it is This brief book two essays is something I would ecommend to any eader who wishes to understand issues of acism in today s world One need only look at the badly spelled signs at Tea Party allies and Arizona s SB 1070 to know that acism is unfortunately alive and well in the USA even as some pundits argue that President Obama s election proved its demiseTim Wise examines acism an institutionalized matter and bigotry an individualized matter not only from historical attitudes but also from the perspective of exceptionalism He has facts and figures to back up his opinions and addresses what needs to happen in order for our culture to truly get past the idea that skin color is some kind of valuationIn my opinion this is a must ead for everyone I am vehemently anti acist and still found some matters in this book via which my assumptions were challenged Not to be missed I give this book 3 stars it was pretty good Mr Wise sparked several uestions and thoughts about Barack Obama s presidential victory compared to the state of ace elations in America The author wrote a short book I was able to ead in one sitting I enjoyed both essays contained in its 150 pages The first Barack Obama white denial and the eality of acism asked the uestion If we have an elected African American president then can we consider acism and outdated idea Did America move beyond its acial dividing line Mr Wise suggests that we have eliminated acism only upgraded from acism 10 to acism 20 The 10 version if full of overt acial aggression examples likes of Jim Crow south and segregation come to mind The 20 version is passive aggressive acial esponses like good ol boy networks that stop promotion ability of minorities and good black versus bad black cognitive division Version 20 says that we can have a successful African American because he transcends his ace In other words people who observe the president literally see a neutral person thinks along the lines of Cliff Hugstable in the Cosby Show This person does not address or menti. Race is and always has been an explosive issue in the United States In this timely new book Tim Wise explores how Barack Obama’s emergence as a political force is taking the ace debate to new levels According to Wise for many white people Obama’s ise signifies the end of acism as a pervasive social force; they point to Obama not only as a validation of the American ideology that anyone can make it if they work hard but also as an example of how institutional barriers against people of color have all but vanished But is this true And does a einforced white belief in color blind meritocracy potentially make it harder to address ongoing institutional acism After all in housing employment the justice system and education the evidence is clear white privilege and discrimination against people of color are still operative and actively thwarting opportunities despite the success of individuals like ObamaIs black success making it harder for whites to see the problem of acism thereby further straining ace elations or will it challenge anti black stereotypes to such an extent that acism will diminish and ac.

On acial topics in any way The second essay was The Audacity of Truth A call for white esponsibility It was the shorter of two essays asking White America not to dismiss acism as overcome or an excuse used by minorities but acknowledge this dark part of American history speak out against it and ecognize any events that appear to esemble a negative acial stereotype Essentially acism cannot be abolished by one ace It is a elationship based solution where both parties have to agree to change and improve Over all I thought the book was informative but did not provide a lot of supporting evidence My perspective was broadened and it eminds me not to pretend that favoritism or acism no longer exists This book succeeded in expanding my social conscience Fantastic Book It echoed many of things I was thinking and the frustrations I had during the political season I I encourage everyone to ead this liberals conservatives progressives traditionalists white people of color etcTim Wise constructs two concise and forceful arguments pertaining the Call for White Responsibility First Wise discusses the denial of acism in the current age Second Wise discusses the need for white Americans to confront attack and everse the impact of white privilegeThis is a great analysis of the 2008 election season and the white supremacy and white denial that played as a central prevailing discourse during this time Even if you are not familiar with Wise s other works READ THIS If you are a White person especially READ THIS If you are a person of color READ THIS This should have been an ongoing discussion throughout the Obama presidency and it is important for everyone to critically engage these issues that impact all of us Wise s book provides a discourse that not only challenges whiteness and acism its also fosters this dialogue in which we can all place ourselves in to enable change It is nice to actually see white people doing this workBetween Barack and a Hard Place is an accurate timely much needed scathing analysis of the current state of acism in the United States As many Americans are being lulled into believing that acism has been eradicated by the election of the 44th president of the United States Barack ObamaThrough use of many contemporary and historical examples Wise illustrates how the dominant narrative of acial euality being achieved with this election is being crafted and perpetuated and what it might mean for acism in our society Wise s short book eads like an old school polemic Thomas Paine s Common Sense for the 21st century A post acial United States is an imagined country Adam Bradley The Washington PostWise a white anti acism activist and scholar and author of White Like Me pushes plenty of buttons in this methodical breakdown of acism s place in the wake of Barack Obama s victory In the first of two essays the author obliterates the canard of the US as a post acial society bigotry and insititutionalized discrimination he contends have simply morphed into Racism 20 in which successful minorities are celebrated as having transcended their blackness in some way While acial disparities in employment and income housing education and other areas persist Obama has become an amiable sitcom dad like Bill Cosby putting whites at ease by speaking looking and acting a certain way not to mention avoiding discussion of ace In his second incendiary essay Wise concludes that whites must take esponsibility for acism What the majority of whites fail to grasp he says is that they continue to benefit from a system of entrenched privileges centuries in the making and that acism emains a serious obstacle for millions of African Americans There s no sugar coating here for whites nor are there any news flashes for Americans of color but Wise bravely enumerates the unpalatable truths of a nation still struggling to understand its legacy of acist oppression Publishers WeeklyFrom income and jobs housing education criminal justice and healthcare Wise masterfully demonstrates the continuing disparities between black and white America He notes the absence of these issues in the Obama Biden campaign or the attempt to ead structural ineualities through a ace free lens called CLASS At every step Wise absolves the Obama campaign of esponsibility for their less than candid approach to acial issues saying that campaign strategists confronted the eality of white acism by side stepping the issue Wise s book provides welcome elief to the obnoxious self congr. E elations improve Will blacks in power continue to be seen as an “exception” in white eyes Is Obama “acceptable” because he seems “different from most blacks” who are still viewed too often as the dangerous and inferior “other”From the Civil Rights struggle to Dr King's dream to Barack Obama's election Tim Wise provides us with an extremely important and timely analysis of the increasing complexity of ace on the American political and social landscape Between Barack and a Hard Place Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama provides an insightful and much needed lens through which we can begin to navigate this current stage in our ongoing uest for a inclusive definition of who we are as a nation It's definitely a book for these times Danny GloverTim Wise has looked behind the curtain In Between Barack and a Hard Place he explores the eal issues of ace in the Obama campaign and incoming presidency issues that the mainstream media has chosen to ignore His book debunks any notion that the United States has entered a post acial period; instead he identifies the problems that emerge in the con.

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Atulation that followed Obama s election to the presidency Jillian McLaughlin KosmopolitanThe punning title of his book Between Barack and a Hard Place belies the sobering material within Wise paints a stark picture of acial ineuality in the United States today Wise s short book eads like an old school polemic Thomas Paine s Common Sense for the 21st century A post acial United States is an imagined country Adam Bradley The Washington PostTim Wise a long time anti acist activist has just finished a very timely book that warns against becoming comfortable with acism while we are distracted by Obama s election Between Barack and a Hard Place Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama continues the excellent work around the issue of white privilege that Wise has pounded home in his books articles and public talks across the country Jeff Smith Media Mouse I was uite happy when this book popped up on my paperbackswap wish list I started eading it fairly soon after eceiving it in the mail stealing a few minutes here and there to ead often on the walk to work Then the train trip to Kalamazoo for our fall OMA meeting afforded me the chance to plunge through the est of the book fighting back tears in the Kalamazoo train station as I waited for Debbie to pick me up as I ead about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and finished the bookAs always I found Tim Wise s writing to be insightful and incredibly informative I had eally been yearning for Wise s analysis of the acial issues surrounding Obama s election and it was wonderful to have Wise not just validate all my uncomfortableness with some of the stupid crap people kept saying by laying those same issues out but to have him eally dig deep into exactly what made them so awful and wrongAt times it felt like I was bookmarking every other page and many uotes theories and anecdotes made their way into my conversations in the following weeks I could go on and on about why I find the writings of this white anti acism activist efreshing but instead I filled my eading journal with a list of page eferences to uotes and arguments that I wanted to be able to efer back to Normally I just write the entire uotes But with this book There were too many and too long and it would have taken an age Though I do want to ecord this one uote which is a lovely statement on the book as a whole I have come to ealize something namely even with Barack Obama as the forty fourth president of the United States we will still need a back up plan For Obama cannot be elied upon any so than any other president or national leader to shepherd our nation out of the wilderness of acism and ineuality The job is too great and the single solitary man too small for such an effort Which is to say that if we want the job done ight we e going to have to do it ourselves all of us The book is about ten years old and thus dated on some matters written in 2009 The book falls out in two chapters the first on white denial and the second on white esponsibility The story Wise tells is disheartening at many levels On the one hand no one escapes Wise s criticism or condemnation whether white folks or President Obama No one seems engaged enough active enough attempting enough to satisfy Wise s ighteous indignation or imperative The alarmism going to all the highest and most hurtful examples and indices to the point of nearly expounding a white conspiracy theory makes Wise s criteria an impossible standard Even the author s chapter on white esponsibility where he brings out suggestions for emediating the situation is a mixed bag some useful others impracticable On the other hand the author does expose the numerous ways we delude ourselves and sociallyeconomically harm others Overall it was an okay ead but there s got to be a better way to explain the circumstances and map out the esolution than by high brow self ighteous emonstrations Another great piece from Tim Wise For anyone who thought we were entering a post acial era with Obama s presidential victory or celebrated the idea that the man had transcended ace this book is essential eading to explore the troubling thought process behind those inaccurate assertions Systemic acism is not eradicated by the election of one black man to the US presidency it is merely one of many signs of progress that we should celebrate with caution lest Obama become a yardstick by which all people of color come to be judged At 150 pages this is a uick but important ead for all white Americans. Text of the victory of a black presidential candidate who chose to un an essentially non acial campaign With this book Wise hits the bull's eye Bill FletcherWise outlineshow acism and white privilege have morphed to fit the modern social landscape In prose that eads like his lightening od speeches he draws from a long list of high profile campaign examples to define what he calls 'Racism 20' a insidious form of acism that actually allows for and celebrates the achievements of individual people of color because they're seen as the exceptions not the ules Jamilah King ColorlinesThis book makes an intriguing argument and is packed with insight Wise clearly explains the complexity of institutional acism in contemporary society He continuously eminds the eader that Obama's victory may signal the entrenchment of a complicated subtle and insidious form of acism The jury is still out Jeff Torlina Multicultural ReviewTim Wise is among the most prominent antiracist writers and activists in the US and has appeared on ABC's 2020 and MSNBC Live His previous books include Speaking Treason Fluently and White Like Me.

Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti racist writers and activists in the US and has been called the foremost white anti racist intellectual in the nation having spoken in 46 states and on over 300 college campuses including Harvard Stanford Cal Tech and the Law Schools at Yale Columbia Michigan and VanderbiltFrom 1999 to 2003 Wise served as an advisor to the Fisk University Race