Tonight on The Terrordome: Tim Wise on How White Supremacy Harms White People, Part 1
Wednesday, April 4, 6 PM Mountain Time
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Tonight we’ll hear from Tim Wise. Tim Wise, a Jewish American, [is a leading anti-Whitesupremacist and has been praised by Professor Michael Eric Dyson as “one of the most brilliant, articulate and courageous critics of white privilege in the nation” and as a national treasure. Wise has spoken in 48 states and on over 400 college campuses including Harvard and Yale. He provides anti-racism training to teachers, doctors, government and military officials and other professionals across the
[Wise is the author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, and Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White. He received the 2001 British Diversity Award for best feature essay on race issues. His writings are taught at hundreds of American colleges and he speaks widely in corporate media.] In tonight’s discussion, entitled “Trapped in a History They Do Not Understand: The Consequences of Racial Privilege for White Americans,” Wise explains how Whitesupremacy “damages the emotional, psychological, political, cultural, and economic well being of most white people, even as they provide whites with benefits.” The speech was recorded at the
BACKGROUND FOR TONIGHT’S PROGRAMME:
BACKGROUND FOR TONIGHT’S PROGRAMME:
In the last five hundred years, the global system of racial privilege and power, or White Supremacy, has amassed trillions of dollars of wealth and unprecedented global power for the Euro-American empire. That same system has, through war, oppression and slavery, committed genocide, killed scores of scattered millions, and rendered scores of other millions to lifelong destitution and subjection. Nevertheless, despite those awesome and terrible results, many of the beneficiaries of this system deny even its existence. At the centre of the empire, where human rights abuses are kept to a comparative minimum, the vast system of inequality feeding profit and power is rarely acknowledged. Yet occasionally it is. In March 2005, I reported on an Ipsos-Reid poll which revealed that one in ten Canadians--around three and a half million people--would not want someone of another race living next door to them.
Racial profiling doesn’t end with the police, though; it also enters also into housing. In 2003, CBC journalist Stephane Alari performed his own Black Like Me experiment. Donning Blackface make-up, Alari hunted for an apartment and then for a job, first appearing as Black, the next day as White. He said, “As a Black guy I asked who I should talk to for the job offer and they said it’s full.... And when I went back the day after as a White and I said, ‘Do you still need people?’ they said, ‘We always need people.’” Even White people who “sound” Black find they face discrimination. Torontonians Joan and Richard Davidson are White and Jewish, but they maintain the accents of their native
Despite extensive studies proving who is the true target of racial profiling in employment, it’s still common to hear the lament in conversation that “White males need not apply,” while even a cursory visual inspection of typical Canadian police and fire services, not to mention board rooms, academies and government offices, show an over-representation of White males. Who needn’t bother applying seems obvious.
The Canadian Race Relations Foundation 2000 report Unequal Access says that “after accounting for education level, unemployment rate is highest among Aboriginal peoples, followed by foreign-born visible minorities, and Canadian-born visible minorities.” University-educated Aboriginal peoples are four times as likely as White Canadians to be unemployed, with foreign-born “visible minorities” at least twice as likely as White Canadians to be jobless. Even after adjusting for education, coloured Canadians are still less likely to be hired or later promoted than White Canadians. According to the Globe and Mail, although African-Canadians between 24 and 54 are just as likely to be university educated as all other Canadians of the same age range, their average income was around $7400 lower than the average. Clearly, keeping the wages of any group of workers artificially low is exploitation of that group--but by definition, such suppression also lowers the average for all workers.
Unquestionably, given the systemic nature of racialised privilege, profit and punishment in