In this talk, Tim Wise examines the ways in which racism in the U.S.—even blatant forms thought to be long buried—are rearing their ugly heads again and threatening the future of American democracy. Heightened police brutality, racial profiling, attempts to limit voting access by people of color, and blatantly racialized anti-immigrant backlash are among the issues explored (and tied together) in this especially timely speech.
As Wise notes, what all of these issues have in common is the white racial anxiety that propels each forward. Aggressive policing of communities of color stems from the racially-paranoid white fear of black and brown crime; restrictions on voting stem from a fear that too many voters of color will elect candidates hostile to conservative white political interests; and anti-immigrant hysteria stems from white fears that “too many” brown folks will spell the end of the “traditional America” that conservative whites have long preferred. Herein, Wise not only demonstrates the ways in which racial apartheid is being resurrected (albeit in a 2.0 form), but explains how believers in multiracial democracy can fight back.
Reception & Book Signing: To follow in the State House