Stories by Tim Wise

Tim Wise is an antiracism educator and author of six books on race and racism. His website is and he tweets @timjacobwise  subscribe to Tim Wise's feed

Posted on: May 6, 2015, Source: AlterNet

It is the innocence which constitutes the crime.

Posted on: Dec 24, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Black women are being pathologized and demeaned.

Posted on: Dec 4, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Many whites are nicer today than those who regularly strung black men up from trees. That is a low bar.

Posted on: Nov 26, 2014, Source: AlterNet

If I were black I would probably be in prison now.

Posted on: Nov 25, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Black people have to learn everything about white people just to stay alive. White people just don't get that.

Posted on: Nov 5, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The "Leave It To Beaver" days that Tea Party voters yearn for are about to be swept into the dustbin of history.

Posted on: Jun 16, 2010, Source: AlterNet

President Obama hails a post-racial future for America. But being colorblind to our society is not a smart move.

Posted on: May 21, 2010, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

Unless we address our trade, agricultural and labor policies, any efforts to fix out immigration system will fail.

Posted on: Apr 25, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Imagine that hundreds of black protesters descended on DC armed with AK-47s. Would they be defended as patriotic Americans?

Posted on: Jul 14, 2009, Source: CounterPunch

A swim club in outer Philadelphia expelled sixty kids of color from its pool, reminding us that America is far from overcoming its racist past.

Posted on: Mar 1, 2009, Source: CounterPunch

Obama's Attorney General Eric Holder blamed personal cowardice for our racial divide, rather than institutionalized inequities.

Posted on: Nov 25, 2008, Source: Red Room

We don't need the "everything sucks" analysis; Obama has mobilized millions of activists and that energy is looking for an outlet.

Posted on: Sep 17, 2008, Source: BuzzFlash

13 ways McCain and Palin have enjoyed preferential treatment in the presidential race.

Posted on: Jun 7, 2005, Source: The Black Commentator

There are more than two million reported incidents of housing discrimination each year. Here's how the Right justifies housing inequality.

Posted on: Jul 20, 2004, Source: LiP Magazine

Black conservatives, with their politics of self-abuse, have managed to obtain access to the halls of power – at the expense of respect from within the black community.

Posted on: Nov 24, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Opponents of affirmative action cite Martin Luther King Jr. in saying students should be judged on "character" rather than "race."

Posted on: Jul 1, 2003, Source: AlterNet

A new high school curriculum on racism and intolerance focuses on Europe but refuses to look close to home.

Posted on: Jun 23, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Although something of a mixed bag for supporters of affirmative action, the Supreme Court's ruling is a victory within the current political climate.

Posted on: May 4, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Affirmative action is still needed to combat racism.

Posted on: Feb 19, 2003, Source: AlterNet

In criticizing affirmative action at the University of Michigan, Bush made clear the inability of yet another white person to grasp the magnitude of white privilege.

Posted on: Feb 17, 2003, Source: AlterNet

In criticizing affirmative action at the University of Michigan, Bush made clear the inability of yet another white person to grasp the magnitude of white privilege.

Posted on: Jan 20, 2003, Source: LiP Magazine

Nowhere is the tendency to "play the King card" more apparent than in the claim by many contemporary writers and theorists that Martin Luther King's principal goal was "color-blindness."

Posted on: Sep 2, 2002, Source: LiP Magazine

The war on drugs was too busy busting the black and brown in the lower ninth ward of New Orleans, to make a stop uptown, where the white Tulane freshmen were busy filling up two foot bong chambers with pot smoke.

Posted on: Aug 11, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Can giving a standardized test to profoundly unstandardized students from unstandardized schools ever be fair? And how can those test results be used to determine college placement?

Posted on: May 7, 2002, Source: AlterNet

If what we see in Israel is democracy, then what does fascism look like? In a world such as this, where words have lost all meaning, we might as well just burn all the dictionaries.

Posted on: Feb 24, 2002, Source: AlterNet

When white folks rioted over beer at the Olympics, it was laughed off in a "gee, don't they have anything better to do" way. What if blacks or latinos had done the same?

Posted on: Feb 11, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Though many Americans don't want to hear it, Martin Luther King Jr. would not have supported our current war or many of the racist policies that have adopted his name.

Posted on: Jan 6, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The resurrection of the "heroic cop" image after 9/11 may be perpetuating brutality, misconduct, discrimination and racial profiling in police forces nationwide.

Posted on: Dec 20, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Ruthless? Cold-blooded? No regard for human life? To be sure, these statements describe Osama bin Laden. But they also describe far too many of our own allies and military elites.

Posted on: Dec 10, 2001, Source: AlterNet

As with all racial profiling, the present incarnation is unjust and irrational, despite calls from many quarters for more profiling under the rubric of "common sense."

Posted on: Nov 19, 2001, Source: AlterNet

There are many good alternatives to fighting terrorism. And those who oppose the bombing of Afghanistan are talking about them -- on the street corner, on the Internet, in town hall meetings, but not on Fox News and CNN.

Posted on: Nov 11, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Recent comparisons between our war on terrorism and WWII break down quickly, but speak volumes about our national need to justify our unjust, unwise military actions.

Posted on: Oct 29, 2001, Source: AlterNet

When warhawks call those of us who question war "naïve," it reminds me of something my Grandma once said: "You can call your ass a turkey, but that doesn't make it Thanksgiving."

Posted on: Sep 16, 2001, Source: AlterNet

If an angry white American had plotted the 9-11 attacks, would talk of "Kill the Arabs!" have been replaced with "Kill the Crackers?" Would we bomb the cornfields of "middle America" to take out a few anti-government types?

Posted on: Sep 12, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Soon, I will have to tell my young daughter about Tuesday's mass death. Will I also have to explain our retaliation, our infliction of more mass death to show others that our collective national dick is the biggest?

Posted on: Sep 4, 2001, Source: ZNet

A "dissident Jew" reflects on the U.S.'s withdrawl from the World Conference Against Racism in Durban, going back to the roots of Zionism. (Also see <a href="/story.html?StoryID=11454">"Dispatch from Durban,"</A> by Lillian Galedo.)

Posted on: Aug 13, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Last Sunday, yet another story of white suburban crime hit the headlines, and everyone acted amazed. When will whites and the media admit that most killers look like them?

Posted on: Aug 2, 2001, Source: AlterNet

In the wake of police brutality scandals like those in Cincinnati and Nashville, cops across the nation are cranking up their propaganda mills to counter the trend of bad press.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Seven out of ten whites think that blacks face no inequalities. Yet 50 percent of blacks say they have been discriminated against in the past month. How can whites be so blind?

Posted on: Jun 19, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Whites from suburban Chicago are the latest example of a culture that goes to amazing lengths to convince others (and perhaps themselves) that the wish to steer clear of urban blacks isn't the least bit racist.