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.

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  • It’s definitely worth checking out, but I can’t help but to feel a kind of way knowing we have been saying this for years. But it takes a white man for mainstream media to pay attention. I think I may have seen a clip awhile ago and the only saving grace for me is that it included input from other Black scholars.

    • 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.

  • Simone L

    I wrote him once and the dude wrote me back. I really appreciated that he took the time to do that. Of course the whites that refuse to take heed will accuse him of being a liberal race baiter trying to incite white guilt. I can hear it now. But this is a must watch for me

  • I am doing a kickstarter project also, on internalized racism … some of the whys and do’s about why black people internalize it and turn on themselves and one another, and the depression and psychological pain that accompanies racism in America.

    I may not be as famous as Tim Wise, but I’m just as determined to see it die — even inside of us where it lives and does its biggest and worst damage.


  • Self-damage because of psychological impact of racism is also important: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/greeneink/internalized-racism-the-trauma-of-racism-and-its-i

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