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With remarkable candor, author-activist Tim Wise examines his journey towards a more realized cultural awareness in his book, White Like Me. This book is an interesting mix of memoir and essays, which is not a surprise if you have ever heard Wise speak. His use of personal anecdotes and social examination to urge white people to fight racism “for our own sake,” is compelling both in person and in print. He examines the experiences in his own family that lead to his ability to succeed. Deconstructing even the loan taken out for his college education for which his grandmother’s home, in a neighborhood that formerly excluded African-American residents, was used as collateral.
This book was suggested by the UHS c0-curricular team, which is made up of our CSL director, Mollie Crittenden, our learning specialist, Rachel Barrow, our Director of Health and Wellness, Amy Ward, and our Director of Community Education, Demond Walker. When asked about the selection Mollie had this to say:
This is one of the most influential books I have read as a white person in a life long process of examining my racial identity and what it means to work towards greater equity in our society. I was moved by Tim Wise’s honesty and humility in opening up about his own family experience and history, and impressed by his ability to contextualize that experience within a larger reality of societal norms and research. In reading this book, one can’t help but to be motivated to move beyond a place of denial, guilt, and paralysis, and into one of a more productive exploration of our racial identity, how that has shaped our experience, and how our growing consciousness can empower us to create positive change within ourselves the world around us.