Friday, February 19, 2016

"White Like Me" (documentary)

Ashley Wells, Pat Macpherson, Wisdom Quarterly; Tim Wise (White Like Me); NeighborhoodUU
Why can't people just be people? I don't even see color. I can totally relate to nonwhites...

White Like Me (film) is one-part memoir, another part essay collection. It is a personal examination of the way largely unseen racial privilege shapes the daily lives of white Americans.

It shapes, and privileges, it in every realm: employment, education, housing, criminal justice, and so on.

With stories from his own life, Tim Wise demonstrates the way this implicit bias and occasional outright racism not only burdens people of color, but also benefits -- in relative terms -- those who are “white like me.”

Wise discusses how race privilege can harm whites in the long-run and make progressive social change less likely.
He explores the many ways whites can challenge their unjust privileges. And he explains, in clear and convincing language, why it is in the best interest of whites themselves to do so.

Using lively anecdotes rather than stale statistics, Wise weaves a narrative that is at once readable and scholarly, accessible and enlightening.
White People for Racial Justice of SGVStephanie Ballard (
(Facebook) Open to all who identify as "white" and oppose racism. We met Feb. 18th at 7:00 pm to focus on applying "ring theory" (comfort in, dump out) to racial justice work. We gathered and heard about the most productive things to say to people of color on the front lines. This is about learning to be good allies and accomplices. Where? Ross ChapelNeighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church.

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