Between Barack and a Hard Place Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama

ISBN-10: 0872865002
ISBN-13: 9780872865006
Edition: 2009
Authors: Tim Wise, Tim J. Wise
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Description: Race is, and always has been, an explosive issue in the United States. In this timely new book, Tim Wise explores how Barack Obamas emergence as a political force is taking the race debate to new levels. According to Wise, for many white people,  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publication date: 2/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 120
Size: 5.10" wide x 7.10" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Race is, and always has been, an explosive issue in the United States. In this timely new book, Tim Wise explores how Barack Obamas emergence as a political force is taking the race debate to new levels. According to Wise, for many white people, Obamas rise signifies the end of racism as a pervasive social force; they point to Obama not only as a validation of the American ideology that anyone can make it if they work hard, but also as an example of how institutional barriers against people of color have all but vanished. But is this true? And does a reinforced white belief in color-blind meritocracy potentially make it harder to address ongoing institutional racism? After all, in housing, employment, the justice system, and education, the evidence is clear: white privilege and discrimination against people of color are still operative and actively thwarting opportunities, despite the success of individuals like Obama.Is black success making it harder for whites to see the problem of racism, thereby further straining race relations, or will it challenge anti-black stereotypes to such an extent that racism will diminish and race relations improve? Will blacks in power continue to be seen as an exception in white eyes? Is Obama acceptable because he seems different from most blacks, who are still viewed too often as the dangerous and inferior other?Tim Wise is among the most prominent antiracist writers and activists in the US and has appeared on ABC's 20/20 , NOW with Bill Moyers, and MSNBC Live. His previous books include Speaking Treason Fluently and White Like Me .

Timothy J. Wise Tim Wise, whom philosopher Cornel West calls, "A vanilla brother in the tradition of (antiracism and antislavery fighter) John Brown," is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. Wise, who was named one of "25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World," by Utne Reader in 2010, has spoken in all 50 states of the U.S., on over 800 college and high school campuses, and to community groups across the nation. He has also lectured internationally in Canada and Bermuda on issues of comparative racism, race and education, racism and religion, and racism in the labor market

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