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White Like Me

Race, Racism & White Privilege in America

White Like Me

Duration: 66 minutes
ISBN: 1-932869-80-8
Date Produced: 2013
Subtitles: English

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White Like Me
Race, Racism & White Privilege in America

White Like Me, based on the work of acclaimed anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise, explores race and racism in the US through the lens of whiteness and white privilege. In a stunning reassessment of the American ideal of meritocracy and claims that we've entered a post-racial society, Wise offers a fascinating look back at the race-based white entitlement programs that built the American middle class, and argues that our failure as a society to come to terms with this legacy of white privilege continues to perpetuate racial inequality and race-driven political resentments today. For years, Tim Wise's bestselling books and spellbinding lectures have challenged some of our most basic assumptions about race in America. White Like Me is the first film to bring the full range of his work to the screen -- to show how white privilege continues to shape individual attitudes, electoral politics, and government policy in ways too many white people never stop to think about.

Features Tim Wise, Michelle Alexander, Charles Ogletree, Imani Perry, Martin Gilens, John H. Bracey, Jr. and Nilanjana Dasgupta.

Filmmaker Info

Produced & Directed by Scott Morris
Written by Tim Wise, Scott Morris & Jeremy Earp
Editors: Scott Morris & Jason Young
Executive Producers: Jeremy Earp & Sut Jhally
Executive Producer: White Men as Full Diversity Partners
Associate Producers: Sarah Marmon, Larry Fleming, Debby Irving, Matt Telliho & Carlos Iro Burgos

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Press Reviews

Are You White? Then You Should Probably Watch This. | Slate

Praise for the Film

"For years, Tim Wise has offered incisive analysis of racism and white privilege in articles, books, and lectures. Now teachers can bring his insights into the classroom with this compelling film that makes sophisticated arguments that don't back down from difficult truths. Drawing on the country's best scholars, he refuses to let us indulge in fantasies of a 'post-racial' America. Wise's political savvy, intellectual prowess, and emotional honesty make this one of the best films made on the unfinished quest for racial justice."
- Robert Jensen | Professor of Journalism, University of Texas, Austin | Author, The Heart of Whiteness

"It is easy for whites to assume that they are not racist, that they are "postracial." White Like Me shows how these "colorblind" racial attitudes don't cut it. They INCREASE racial inequality and LIMIT democracy, rather than the reverse. This video helps us understand racism as a problem faced by our whole society, not just by people of color. While many whites remain oblivious to racism, others have courageously challenged it. Filmmaker Tim Wise is a shining example of that courage. White Like Me is an outstanding educational tool for both the classroom and the community. Highly recommended!
- Howard Winant | Professor of Sociology, UC Santa Barbara

"White Like Me is a phenomenal educational tool in the struggle against racism. Weaving personal narratives and social scientific data, Tim Wise cogently shows whites receive systemic privilege and forcefully challenges the nonsense that by being color-blind, Americans can get beyond the nation's racial hump."
- Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Ph.D | Author Racism Without Racists

"Hard and clear lessons on persisting white racism presented accurately, graphically, and unforgettably. Constantly raises the crucial question: Can the US truly become the land of 'liberty and justice for all'?"
- Joe Feagin | Former president of the American Sociological Association | Author, Racist America

"Provocative and insightful! In one hour, Tim Wise both shares his personal journey and expertly distills many essential ideas from historical and current research. White Like Me challenges white Americans to cast aside the idea that we live in a post-racial 'color-blind' society and to confront racism wherever it exists. This film is an excellent tool for classroom discussions about issues of racism and privilege."
- Woody Doane | Associate Dean for Academic Administration & Professor of Sociology, University of Hartford | Co-author, White Out: The Continuing Significance of Racism

"Tim Wise's White Like Me is a powerful resource for illuminating whiteness and racism. Teaching courses that examine race critically is challenging; addressing White privilege issues is particularly demanding. Tim Wise's thoughtful film provides a key resource in illustrating the centrality of White privilege for understanding ongoing dynamics of racism. White Like Me offers educators evocative illustrations of common arguments disputing the reality of racism in our society. It's at its best when Tim Wise describes catching racist stereotypes in his own mind, and then walks through the process of recognizing the systemic, unconscious workings of racist ideology inherent in our US society. Consistent with the many fine works of Tim Wise, White Like Me is one of the most effective tools in supporting the multicultural competencies training of psychotherapists. I endorse it highly and look forward to integrating it into our counselor training curriculum."
- E. Janie Pinterits, PhD | Director of the MA Clinical Counseling Program, California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University

"The systemic invisibility of whiteness is brought into the light through this well-researched, well-balanced documentary. In a highly accessible style, one appropriate for both high school and college students, the origins and negative effects of white privilege in America are explored through memoir, history, media and the social sciences for a broad but nuanced approach to the topic."
- Daniel S. Traber | Associate Professor of English, Texas A&M University at Galveston | Author, Whiteness, Otherness, and the Individualism Paradox from Huck to Punk

"White Like Me is an excellent tool for people at all stages of understanding the reality of institutionalized white supremacy and how it shapes the lived experiences of people of color and white people. This film is terrific!"
- Frances E. Kendall | Author, Diversity in the Classroom and Understanding White Privilege

"White Like Me provides a historical look at white privilege which is so complete, it leaves little doubt that the United States is a racialized nation. Using valuable material for both scholars and practitioners to consider, Wise's skillful accounting of white privilege and Whites' oblivion to it moves its audience to act against continuing racial injustices. From engaging commentaries on discrimination in housing policies to the racist vitriol that surrounded President Obama's election, White Like Me is an educational video that finally centers the problem of whiteness and the false pretenses of colorblindness. It is what critical viewers have been waiting for."
- Zeus Leonardo | Associate Professor of Education, UC Berkeley | Author, Race, Whiteness, and Education

"Poignant, prescient, profound, political, prophetic and apologetic about his and other White people's unearned racial privilege, Tim Wise' White Like Me speaks to the souls of all folks the way Dubois endeavored to do and did with his Souls of Black Folks. If you are interested in working smarter to change the game this film must be in your social justice arsenal!"
- Dr. J.W. Wiley | Director of the Center for Diversity, SUNY Plattsburgh | Author, The NIGGER In You

"Tim Wise is a spellbinding herald of anti-racism. His voice resonates especially with young people of all races who represent a generational shift away from the racial toxins and taboos that have been a blot on American democracy."
- Stephen Steinberg | Distinguished Professor of Urban Studies, Queens College & the Graduate Center, CUNY | Author, Race Relations: A Critique

"White Like Me offers an insightful analysis of the persistence of racism and racial inequality in the 'postracial' present as well as a sobering look at how postracial ideologies perpetuate racial inequality. The film uncovers white privilege's historical routes and contemporary manifestations in ways that are sure to provoke valuable conversations in classrooms, workshops and other venues."
- Eric Porter | Professor of American Studies, UC Santa Cruz

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