• White Like Me

  • Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son
  • By: Tim Wise
  • Narrated by: Tim Wise
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 08-01-2016
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Novel Audio
  • 5 out of 5 stars (1 rating)

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Publisher's Summary

With a new preface and updated chapters, White Like Me is one-part memoir, one-part polemical essay collection. It is a personal examination of the way in which racial privilege shapes the daily lives of white Americans in every realm: employment, education, housing, criminal justice, and elsewhere.

Using stories from his own life, Tim Wise demonstrates the ways in which racism not only burdens people of color, but also benefits, in relative terms, those who are "white like him". He discusses how racial privilege can harm whites in the long run and make progressive social change less likely. He explores the ways in which whites can challenge their unjust privileges, and explains in clear and convincing language why it is in the best interest of whites themselves to do so. Using anecdotes instead of stale statistics, Wise weaves a narrative that is at once listenable and yet scholarly, analytical and yet accessible.

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  • Hope
  • 19-04-2017

AMAZING!

Thought provoking and inspiring! Youll he challenged to see yourself in a new way. Do yourself a favor and read it!

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  • LeCid
  • 20-10-2016

Masterpiece

The most important writing I have ever read or listened to. The struggle should continue and I also choose hope...

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  • Ash
  • 27-02-2016

Great writing made even better as an audible book

Time Wise's writing is excellent and it's only improved with his narrative of this audible book. His story is relevant and interesting and accessible to readers and listeners. While the topic is sometimes intimidating, Tim's prose and perspective makes it a pleasure to read.

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  • Sarah Pardue
  • 24-08-2016

Riveting Perspective

I was not expecting this to be so thoroughly autobiographical, but the updated chronological approach is wonderfully coherent and touches many appropriate themes. Wise eloquently walks through a host of issues as seen in daily life, without cushioning the plight of many white Americans. He never guilt trips anyone, and even offers excellent ways to avoid such inevitable accusations that conversations on white privilege "rely on white guilt."
A must read.

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  • Barrett Johnson
  • 04-08-2016

One of the most important books I've read.

This book was life-changing. It was entertaining. It was emotional, challenging, and even fun from time-to-time. So worth the buy. You need to read/listen to it ASAP.

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  • Travis
  • 15-03-2016

I can breathe better

Most important book I have read besides Malcolm X and MLK. It provided a solid stance against racism from a white privilege side. Being a black man, this work of Wise it more dynamic and density

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  • M. Allan Davis
  • 22-03-2017

An Important and Needed Perspective with Beneficial insights.

I found And have found Tim Wise's presence and forthrightness in this new era of race to be profoundly important. In "White Like Me" he so clearly helps us navigate his world view and his life through a lens of clarity that we see him as a young boy struggle to understand the world. All this through the great lens of America systemic racism and global white supremacy. Even his chapter on his battles while in Hebrew school with Judaism and the Jewish Working class are riveting. His summation of Jews in America, in his view, are a tiny bit less privileged white people was funny and simultaneously made me stiffen at the truth. This is how Mr. Wise guides us through a succinct sometime overly succinct journey through his life towards his attaining prominence as one of a few white men who are sought after to help us understand, teach, repair and breathe hope into a problem that seeps into every American life whether we wish it to or not. Challenging read (listen) but I'm better for it. Btw. I'm black and gay.

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  • Austin Haukinz
  • 30-12-2016

Important Listen

White Like Me is a memoir of sorts where Tim Wise shares his experiences of growing up white while also explaining how racism is deeply rooted in our society. If you haven't read much on white privilege, this is a great place to start.

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  • G M Wikum
  • 08-06-2018

Required reading for college class

I LOVED this book. The term 'white privilege ' is so off putting I almost dropped the class by seeing the title of this book. I should not be made to feel guilty for the color of my skin. However this book didn't do that in the least. I have redefined my own thinking surrounding white privilege and racism. I was oblivious the the level of structural and institutional racism that is still alive in America. America has a REALLY dark past and this book has invited me to think critically about racism. I can now see it everyday in many ways, it's not just calling someone a racial slur, its deep rooted in every aspect from education, to our neighborhoods, and our justice system. I too will stand in the fight, not just for blacks, but Latin and Indian equality, justice, and ending racism!

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  • Pamela
  • 14-04-2018

White priviledge explained

I had to read this book in a class about racism. I'm white and trying to explain white privilege to someone that doesn't understand it is difficult but with this book, it puts light to the issues we still face in this world. I highly recommend it.