Lauded 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.