Charlottesville, El Paso & America’s Long History of White Supremacist Terrorism

The second anniversary of the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., will be marked this weekend just eight days after a white supremacist mass shooter gunned down 22 people in El Paso, Texas.
As we continue to try to make sense of these two tragedies and the larger history of racism and white supremacist terrorism in America, we find ourselves turning again and again to anti-racist educator and activist Tim Wise, one of the nation’s leading voices on the politics of aggrieved white entitlement and racial scapegoating.
If you haven’t already seen Wise in the film The Great White Hoax: Donald Trump and the Politics of Race & Class in America, we urge you to check it out as soon as you can. Go here to find out how to stream it, screen it, or get the DVD.
And if you’re an educator, be sure The Great White Hoax is on your syllabus this fall. You’ll find a screening discussion guide for the film here.


Praise for The Great White Hoax

“In this searing film, Tim Wise offers a history lesson, sociological analysis, and call to action that should be required viewing for all Americans. For the sake of our democracy, my hope is that this clear-eyed film receives as wide a viewing as possible.”
— Celeste Watkins-Hayes | Professor of Sociology & African American Studies at Northwestern University
“My seminar was MESMERIZED by The Great White Hoax [and] gave it the highest possible rating. I would recommend this unreservedly to show in college classes and in discussion groups, community organizations, and religious institutions.”
— Mark Naison | Professor of History and African American Studies at Fordham University 

“Timely and visually provocative! Makes a compelling case for the ongoing need for resistance to white racism. An excellent teaching tool!”
— Woody Doane | Chair of Social Sciences Department at the University of Hartford

 “Timely and necessary. Demonstrates that racial scapegoating is one of the oldest games in American politics and that we must defeat the narrative of fear and division in order to move our country forward.”
— Van Jones | CNN commentator
“A kaleidoscopic view of a nation still grappling with white supremacy, and still riven by deep and persistent inequalities along racial lines.”
— Stephen Steinberg | Author of The Ethnic Myth: Race, Ethnicity, and Class in America 
“A chilling dissection of the election of 2016, revealing what should have been clear all along: that Trump’s ascendancy was fueled by hate, a hate that has long burned at the very heart of American history.”
— Matthew Pratt Guterl | Professor of Africana Studies and American Studies at Brown University 
“This brilliant documentary situates the political rise of Donald Trump within decades of racial scapegoating that stokes white anxiety based on racial nativism and cultural insecurity fundamentally rooted in anti-Blackness.”
— Kevin Cokley | Author of The Myth of Black Anti-Intellectualism 
“Tim Wise and the Media Education Foundation have done it again. We will remember this video for many presidencies to come.”
— Zeus Leonardo | Author of Race, Whiteness, and Education

The Great White Hoax makes clear that Trump, and his embrace of a politics of racism, toxic masculinity, and white resentment, are as American as processed, mass-produced apple pie.”
— David Leonard | Professor of Critical Culture, Gender & Race at Washington State University 
“Incisive … eloquent … timely and insightful. This is highly recommended.”
— Video Librarian 
“This film is a must see for those opposed to racism in all its forms.”
— Tukufu Zuberi | Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations at the University of Pennsylvania 
“This invaluable educational resource arrives at precisely the right moment for professors, high school teachers, and librarians who want to help their students develop the tools to understand and resist the rising tide of racism and bigotry in this country.”
— Jackson Katz, Ph.D. | Author of Man Enough? Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and the Politics of Presidential Masculinity