22 August 2010

Tim Wise's Two-Part Series on Reading Racism Right to Left

Tim Wise is a prominent anti-racism writer and activist, and author of Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity. He has written a two-part critique of racism from both the right and the left.

Part 1: Reading Racism Right to Left: Reflections on a Powerful Word and Its Applications
Abstract:
This is part one of a two-part series on racism on the right and left of the United States’ political/ideological spectrum. Part One provides the reader with a working definition of racism, and then explores how racism at both the ideological and institutional levels is connected to and enhanced by American conservatism. Part Two will explore the ways in which American liberal and left ideology, rhetoric and policy prescriptions also manifest or further racism at the ideological and institutional levels.
Part 2: With Friend Like This, Who Needs Glenn Beck? Racism and White Privilege on the Liberal Left
Abstract:
This is the second part of a two-part series on racism on the right and left of the United States’ political/ideological spectrum. Part one [see above lb, which can be found here, provided the reader with a working definition of racism, and then explored how racism at both the ideological and institutional levels is connected to and enhanced by American conservatism. In this essay, I will explore the other side of the equation: namely, how even liberals, progressives and leftists, despite our advocacy for equity and stated commitment to racial justice, still manage to manifest and further racism — whether deliberately or not — in our activism, messages and policy prescriptions.


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