ISBN-10: 0872868095
ISBN-13: 9780872868090
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publish Date: 12/01/2020
Dimensions: 8.20" L, 5.50" W, 1.10" H

Published by City Lights

Dispatches from the Race War


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Essays on racial flashpoints, white denial, violence, and the manipulation of fear in America today.

“Drawing on events from the killing of Trayvon Martin to the Black Lives Matter protests last summer, Wise calls to account his fellow white citizens and exhorts them to combat racist power structures.”–The New York Times

What Tim Wise has brilliantly done is to challenge white folks’ truth to see that they have a responsibility to do more than sit back and watch, but to recognize their own role in co-creating a fair, inclusive, truly democratic society.“–Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow

“Tim Wise’s new book gives us the tools we need to reach people whose understanding of our country is white instead of right. And without pissing them off!”–James W. Loewen, author, Lies My Teacher Told Me

Tim Wise’s latest is more urgent than ever. “–Heather Ann Thompson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy

“A white social justice advocate clearly shows how racism is America’s core crisis. A trenchant assessment of our nation’s ills.“–*Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

” [Dispatches from the Race War] is a bracing call to action in a moment of social unrest.”–Publishers Weekly

Dispatches from the Race War exhorts white Americans to join the struggle for a fairer society.”–Chapter 16

In this collection of essays, renowned social-justice advocate Tim Wise confronts racism in contemporary America. Seen through the lens of major flashpoints during the Obama and Trump years, Dispatches from the Race War faces the consequences of white supremacy in all its forms. This includes a discussion of the bigoted undertones of the Tea Party’s backlash, the killing of Trayvon Martin, current day anti-immigrant hysteria, the rise of openly avowed white nationalism, the violent policing of African Americans, and more.

Wise devotes a substantial portion of the book to explore the racial ramifications of COVID-19, and the widespread protests which followed the police murder of George Floyd.

Concise, accessible chapters, most written in first-person, offer an excellent source for those engaged in the anti-racism struggle. Tim Wise’s proactive approach asks white allies to contend with–and take responsibility for–their own role in perpetuating racism against Blacks and people of color.

Dispatches from the Race War reminds us that the story of our country is the history of racial conflict, and that our future may depend on how–or if–we can resolve it. “To accept racism is quintessentially American,” writes Wise, “to rebel against it is human. Be human.”

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Praise for Tim Wise's Dispatches from the Race War

"The volume appears at a post-Trump time when it may actually be possible to begin redressing centuries of legitimate Black grievances. It behooves the serious attention of anyone, of any racial or ethnic background, for whom fighting racism is a top personal and political priority."–Paul Von Blum, ScheerPost

"Through clear examples, inscrutable logic, and the power of direct language, Wise challenges White Americans to identify and understand the racism inscribed in the very American project and in the everyday acts of 'being American.'"–Romi Mahajan, Countercurrents

" . . . shares some of the clearest, most honest thinking about racism, inequality, and white privilege that you are ever likely to hear from a white man. 'Can we just put aside all the rationalizations and deflections to which we reflexively pivot and instead imagine what it must feel like to walk through life having to always think about how to behave so as not to scare white people, or so as not to trigger our contempt?' he asks."–Joseph Barbato, NY Journal of Books

Praise for Tim Wise

"Tim Wise is a vanilla brother in the tradition of John Brown . . . "–Cornel West

"One of the most brilliant, articulate and courageous critics of white privilege in the nation. He is a national treasure."–Michael Eric Dyson

"(Wise's) work is revolutionary, and those who react negatively are simply afraid of hearing the truth . . . "–Robin D.G. Kelley, Professor of History, University of South­ern California

"Tim Wise is one of the few people, along with perhaps Frederick Douglass, who has ever really spoken honestly and forcefully to white people about themselves . . . "–Charles Ogletree, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Di­rector, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice

"The fate of this country depends on whites like yourself speaking the truth to those who don't want to hear it. In this, you are as one with the Biblical prophets. You are more likely to be condemned than lauded, and yet your words are no less important. So, keep speaking out. At the very least, some future archeologists sifting through the ashes of this civilization may be able to find evidence that there were some who offered truth as a cure for the disease that destroyed us."–Derrick Bell, Professor of Law, New York University

"(His) is the clearest thinking on race I've seen in a long while written by a white writer . . . right up there with the likes of historians Howard Zinn and Herb Aptheker as far as I'm concerned."–Dr. Joyce King, Benjamin Mays Endowed Chair for Urban Teaching, Learning and Leadership, Georgia State University

"Sparing neither family nor self . . . he considers how the deck has always been stacked in his and other white people's favor . . . His candor is invigorating."Publishers Weekly

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ISBN-10: 0872868095
ISBN-13: 9780872868090
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publish Date: 12/01/2020
Dimensions: 8.20" L, 5.50" W, 1.10" H
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