Foothill Spring Convocation was held April 28, 2017 in the Smithwick Theater. Our featured speaker was Tim Wise, author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son. Mr. Wise is an “antiracist essayist,” author, and educator. A captioned video of Tim White's presentation at the district's Spring Convocation and the conversations that followed is available on the district's YouTube channel.
More information about Tim Wise can be found at his website: http://www.timwise.org/
Wise is the author of seven books, including his highly-acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, as well as Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority, and his latest, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America. He has contributed chapters or essays to over 25 additional books and his writings are taught in colleges and universities across the nation. His essays have appeared on Alternet, Salon, Huffington Post, Counterpunch, Black Commentator, BK Nation, Z Magazine and The Root, which recently named Wise one of the “8 Wokest White People We Know.”
Wise has been featured in several documentaries, including “White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America” (from the Media Education Foundation), which has been called “A phenomenal educational tool in the struggle against racism,” and “One of the best films made on the unfinished quest for racial justice,” by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva of Duke University, and Robert Jensen of the University of Texas, respectively. He also appeared alongside legendary scholar and activist, Angela Davis, in the 2011 documentary, “Vocabulary of Change.” In this public dialogue between the two activists, Davis and Wise discussed the connections between issues of race, class, gender, sexuality and militarism, as well as inter-generational movement building and the prospects for social change. He is also one of five persons—including president Obama—interviewed for a video exhibition on race relations in America, featured at the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC. Additionally, his media presence includes dozens of appearances on CNN, MSNBC and NPR, feature interviews on ABC’s 20/20 and CBS’s 48 Hours, as well as videos posted on YouTube, Facebook and other social media platforms that have received over 20 million views.
Wise graduated from Tulane University in 1990 and received antiracism training from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, in New Orleans.
Reflection Questions by Dr. Jeannie Haubert Weil
"White Like Me Study" Questions Prepared by Rev. Clarinda Crawford of Congress Street United Methodist Church for Lafayette, IN
Study Guide for Film: Tim Wise on White Privilege
Racism, White Denial & the Costs of Inequality
by the Media Education Foundation