Review by Carl Macki
paper | 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 | 208 pgs. |
ISBN: 1-59376-207-0 | List: $16.95
Speaking Treason Fluently
hit hard in its theme of white racial privilege on some many levels,
the author's thesis seems undeniable--that racial privilege hurts
whites as well as blacks and hinders true progress.
This book, published by Soft Skull Press of Brooklyn, is a collection
of sixteen essays that erupt and flow like a mountain spewing lava,
covering the valley of racism that is still a major part of America.
Among other salient points, Wise argues that the media's focus on
individual acts of racism in its coverage ignore the structural racism
that lies behind, whether obscure or hidden. These deplorable
individual acts let the main media in this county lull the viewer into
ignoring the racism that is thick and thin in systems of
belief ar the unconscious level.
Wise shows that economic issues are often given short shrift while
personal factors are addressed.
This is a reveille to everyone in American not somuch a call
to arms but a call to witness and intelligent action.
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 has also
nearly a score of other book, and is featured in White Men
Challenging Racism: Thirty-Five Personal Stories. He
is popular on the lecture cicuit and has received several
awards for his anti-racist activism
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