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White Like Me - Race, Racism & White Privilege in America (2012)(Tim Wise)

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White Like Me, based on the work of acclaimed anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise, explores race and racism in the US through the lens of whiteness and white privilege. In a stunning reassessment of the American ideal of meritocracy and claims that we've entered a post-racial society, Wise offers a fascinating look back at the race-based white entitlement programs that built the American middle class, and argues that our failure as a society to come to terms with this legacy of white privilege continues to perpetuate racial inequality and race-driven political resentments today. For years, Tim Wise's bestselling books and spellbinding lectures have challenged some of our most basic assumptions about race in America. White Like Me is the first film to bring the full range of his work to the screen -- to show how white privilege continues to shape individual attitudes, electoral politics, and government policy in ways too many white people never stop to think about.

Features Tim Wise, Michelle Alexander, Charles Ogletree, Imani Perry, Martin Gilens, John H. Bracey, Jr. and Nilanjana Dasgupta.

Filmmaker Info
Produced & Directed by Scott Morris
Written by Tim Wise, Scott Morris & Jeremy Earp
Editors: Scott Morris & Jason Young
Executive Producers: Jeremy Earp & Sut Jhally
Executive Producer: White Men as Full Diversity Partners
Associate Producers: Sarah Marmon, Larry Fleming, Debby Irving, Matt Telliho & Carlos Iro Burgos

Are You White? Then You Should Probably Watch This.

By Aisha Harris

Do you become annoyed anytime a person of color writes, tweets, sings, or speaks about racial inequality? Have you ever wondered why it’s culturally acceptable for black people to use the n-word, while no one else is supposed to use it? Have you ever used the word postracial without a trace of irony? Do you believe that the sole purpose of affirmative action is to allow less qualified minorities to take jobs and positions from the smarter and more qualified?

Aisha Harris

Aisha Harris is a Slate staff writer.

If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, then you should check out White Like Me: Race, Racism, and White Privilege in America, anti-racism activist Tim Wise’s educational film about racism and white privilege. Especially if you’re white.

Wise is well known for his work discussing how race intersects with politics, policy, and culture in books like White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son (the basis of the film) and Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority. (You should probably check these out as well.) In this new film, he attempts to address a few very complex questions about race and ethnicity, while featuring interviews with notable scholars including Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, and Harvard Law professor Charles Ogletree. Interspersed throughout are candid comments from white students discussing their views on affirmative action and whiteness. The film poses some big questions: “What does it mean to be white?” “Isn’t racism a thing of the past?” “What about us?” “Shouldn’t we be colorblind?”

The film, which was directed by Scott Morris, begins with Wise’s personal story, revealing how he came to view the world as he does. As a child in Tennessee, his parents sent him to a preschool program at a historically black college, where he was one of only three nonblack students; by the time he reached elementary school, most of his friends were black, and he recognized quickly how differently those peers were treated by the teachers. In the late 1980s, he protested his university’s investments in companies doing business with apartheid South Africa. But for some time he ignored the advantages he himself had as a white person—until a black audience member at a rally where he was speaking asked him what he had done to address racism here in the U.S.

In 1990, he was appalled when the majority of white voters in Louisiana opted for former KKK leader David Duke for U.S. Senate. (Duke lost. He ran for governor the next year, and lost again, but still received the majority of the white vote.) “I’ve been trying to better understand for myself and to raise awareness among others about the centrality of race and racism to the history of this country,” Wise says in the film, “and how dangerous and damaging it is when white people, like me, are blind to racial inequality and our own privileges.”

What follows is an informative, convincing narrative tracing America’s fraught history with race. Wise picks apart the well-intentioned but ultimately wrongheaded thinking behind John Howard Griffin’s racial experiment, Black Like Me, and explains how Depression-era social programs for job insurance, housing assistance, and the G.I. Bill deliberately excluded non-whites from benefits, laying the foundation for disparities that exist between whites and non-whites today. The educator also discusses the issue of “reverse discrimination” and affirmative action, and the idea that a post-racial society was born after the election of Barack Obama.

For the rest of August, the movie will be streaming on Vimeo, and it is also available to schools, libraries, and nonprofits. Hopefully the film, and Wise’s other work, will reach more people—especially white people. For many minorities, the thoughts and arguments expressed in White Like Me will likely be reaffirming: We’ve already heard and read the various complaints and specious claims people make about “reverse racism” and what have you, claims that only trivialize the very real imbalances in this country. Among white audiences, though, the film could, I think, open some eyes (and hearts).

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I am not a Caucasian man (I am not white), and to have much more difficulty because I am a woman. What the hell have done with theirs lives the blacks, the Arabs (muslims) and a lot of other no-white people? Selling drugs, rapping and stealing? LIFE IS TOUGH, and if you want something then prepare yourself professionally, study and work HARDER then every other competitors, and SHOW that you are THE BEST, instead of crying like a baby that "life is not fair, and that everybody that don´t support you is a racist". Shut up, have some dignity and through out your BEGGAR mentality: that is what I did - stead of partying and screwing. VERY HARD WORK, the result: SUCCESS by my own COJONES!

Hard work = stress = slavery = young death.
The regular kind of "work" helps the system of oppression and exploitation.
Here in Brazil and other LA counties we work just enough to pay the bills then we go to what we like to do, that could be just surfing.
This scarcity premise of the modern materialistic world view if artificial and sick.
One suggestion is the Ubuntu Movement.

By the way I am Brazilian, born an raised in Sâo Paulo, orphan of father at 12 years old and from mother at 16 years. I had really tough, but I worked extremely HARD, while the other Brazilians around me went on partying. In life you are either a Tiger o a pussy chicken. Even being a Brazilian woman I have chosen to be a Tigress. Let me assure you that a I a black woman, not a gorgeous blonde! And I vomit in movements like "Black Lives Matter" and such bunch of loosers, who complain about the White People, but that are too lazy to raise to the stands of excellence that the good White People taught to the uncivilized world!

Se você dorme no ponto o cachimbo cai! Somente os froxos mendigan, os fortes se esforçam e lutam.

acclaimed anti-racist educator?...
Viewed an excellent program a few weeks back on the history of Africa going back millennium on PBS. West African blacks and of course the entirety of Europe were the most racist, narcissistic, and greedy of all. Profiting on the miseries of other indigenous inhabitants of Africa enslaved.

Then we have the American Indian and an advanced Mesoamerican civilization, who too took slaves, decimated by brown European Spaniards.

Jim Pepper's lyrics tell of the deceitful, destructive nature of all men...not just pink skins..