Tim Wise on White Privilege…

I’m not sure how I made it all these years without ever coming across Tim Wise, but I stumbled upon him and this Youtube video last night, for the first time. His words really resonate with me, and my ideals on the topic of white privilege and racism in America.

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2 Responses to Tim Wise on White Privilege…

  1. Yanga Zembe says:

    “…if they (Black people) under perform, they have to wonder whether they dropped the ball not just for themselves but for all those coming after them who look like them whose presence on that campus or in that job is constantly under scrutiny, constantly being double guessed, second, third and fourth guessed ‘do they really belong here?'” I weep as I listen to this, I weep because I identify with this burden at such a deep level, but I also weep because of the hope it inspires. It is after all a White man who is uttering these truths with such wisdom and conviction, and of course there’s you and two other guys I know, so there’s hope Ryan. I wish I could bring him to South Africa, and have him shout his message on the rooftops. What validation for the many race-burdened young Black people, what an opportunity for reflection for fellow White South Africans who really need to be conscientized about what it means that 83% of the land and 90% of the country’s economic capital belong to 10% of the population even TODAY, and why even with affirmative action and BEE policies those of us who are Black have to constantly fight off feelings that we do not quite belong, the sense that we do not have permission to fail, the burden of having to be consistently extra-ordinary to earn and keep our place in the corporate sector and in positions of leadership, the legacy that comes with being born of generations with no track record of ownership of capital, such that even when we are confirmed by our salaries to belong in the middle class, we are never secure in this group, it takes one family crisis to drag us back into financial ruin because for many of us in our families the ratio for employed versus unemployed is 1:1000 and why 15 years of political independence is NOT enough to undo or “unfeel” the effects of the systems of racial inequality that were established 300 years ago and that continue to exist and in some ways worse now than before. Thanks for posting, this calls for dialogue, reminds me of The Movement:)

  2. capetownbrown says:

    Yes, Yanga! I also thought of The Movement when I posted this. There is still SUCH a need of some dialogue sparking initiative on a mass level like that!

    And you are so right! This message is all the MORE important in South Africa, where the people who are marginalized are actually the INDIGENOUS PEOPLE!! Not to underplay the message here, where people were brought as slaves against their will. But yeah. I’m glad it also resonated with you and I wish his message could spread through out SA on a broad level!!

    I guess that’s up to “us” for now!

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