When it comes to understanding why some white folks seem to think that by saying things that Black folks want to hear, I’m naturally cynical and suspicious. And frankly, I’m appalled at the presumption of some to think that Black redemption is dependent upon white salvation. The first question I have is: WHY are they doing it? And WHERE is this really coming from?
If people have been paying attention as I have, white folks are losing their damn minds. Everywhere you look, they are peddling fear of the ENEMY: meaning anyone that isn’t white. Haven’t we seen this before in history? Can white folks be saved from their racism?
Frankly, I have been checking out this dude named Tim Wise who calls himself an anti-racist, he’s a writer and lecturer. Hmmm…this cat has been making a lot of money from his books. Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Wise . He’s also been getting a lot of pats on the back from many in Black community who have been saying what he has been making money from for decades. Just check out his lectures on Youtube: http://www.google.com/#q=tim+wise&hl=en&prmd=ivno&source=univ&tbs=vid:1&tbo=u&ei=hMGoTMeqO8L58AbT_PHhDA&sa=X&oi=video_result_group&ct=title&resnum=2&sqi=2&ved=0CDkQqwQwAQ&fp=3a61e9b269a59aa8
Yes, White Privilege is real. And Mr. Wise has been telling errrrvverybody that he can…but again, why?
And financially, he’s cleaning up, but who’s really benefiting? Have his lectures improved Black unemployment? Have they made schools better? Is he donating some of his earnings to Black churches? Why is the white southerner so inclined to teach folks about what most Black folks know before they are 10 years old?
Is Tim Wise really a concerned white man trying to end racism or is he a clever opportunist?
He’s now become the elected pundit to react to even the social and political issues of Black leaders. Take for instance President Barack Obama’s speech to Morehouse granduates: http://www.timwise.org/2013/05/bullying-pulpit-racism-barack-obama-and-the-selective-call-for-personal-responsibility/ He took it upon himself to give his take on the speech. Now granted, many Black people, including myself–who took it so far as to write a letter to the President about the tone of his speech, in which I felt was more of a scolding than one that empowered. Do young Black men, particularly Morehouse Men really need to be told about being responsible. Obama was trying to say things white people wanted him to say–and he got called on it. But does Wise have the right to speak to that?
Frankly, I find it paternalistic.
He feels it is his calling to teach white folks about “their racism”. I guess that’s lofty, but does Tim Wise have an agenda?