White Like MeLauded anti-racism scholar Tim Wise has been speaking and writing about the damaging effects of race and white privilege for years, but he hopes his new project will deepen the conversation and finally get America to take a long, hard look at its race problem.

Recently, Wise turned to Kickstarter to fund a documentary project provocatively titled White Like Me. The film aims to delve deeper into the idea of white privilege by showing “how our failure as a society to properly acknowledge and confront the psychological, social, and political effects of white privilege has perpetuated racial inequality and race-based political resentments.”

White Like Me will feature a bevy of noted scholars including Michelle Alexander, Author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness; Harvard professor Charles Ogletree; Princeton professor Imani Perry; and Nilanjana Dasgupta, National Science Foundation Grant winner for research on implicit prejudice.

Although Wise set out to raise $30,000 to finish production of the film, at press time he’s raised over $41,000 to bring the documentary to audiences.

Check out a clip from White Like Me, and head over to film’s website to learn more about the film.

  • Mixedgirl

    Sadly, that is what is sometimes takes. Even with violence against woman, some times you need a man to talk to his friends(his posse, is homeboys, his coworkers, etc.) and start a trend or even conversation… We cant do this alone. No one can. Only as humanity together can we make a change in anything. I love that its has black scholars in it and that it isn’t just a white guy.(btw the fact that there are more black men in prison today then there where slaves the year b4 the civil war is just mind blowing)

    also if you guys like that kind of documentrys (im a documentry fan) you should check out…http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/urbanized_2011/

  • black_feminist

    To his credit, Tim Wise acknowledges this all the time in his writing and his lectures and public appearances. He is quite vigilant about making it clear that the knowledge he imparts is not his own creation – but that he is sharing the insight and wisdom that he has learned from people of color. He’s also forthright about the fact that he is more widely and readily received and is viewed as more credible, simply by virtue of his whiteness.

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