The biggest reason why I despise Tim Wise has nothing to do with the validity of his work. His works are usually legitimate because the ideas expressed in his books are the result of centuries of hard work done by brown and black people all over the world. When he talks racism, usually what he says is on point BECAUSE he is simply recycling other people’s (minorities) concepts, ideas, experiences. The fact that he makes money telling people something that they could discover from talking to POC or reading works by POC makes me angry - but it’s not the reason why Tim Wise makes me so unhappy. Tim Wise talks about racism, and he gets a gold star. He is paid to talk about racism in this country. He profits from this discussion. I’d say that Tim Wise, as a white “anti-racist,” has led a pretty good life because of his work.
I talk about race, and I’m shunned. I’m told I’m too radical, too angry, too political. I lose friends. I alienate people. Being a brown anti-racist is a lonely and stressful life. I see racism everywhere because it IS everywhere, and no one will listen. I am honestly screaming into the wind 99% of the time, hoping something sticks, hoping I get someone to THINK for five seconds. Hearing racist shit, it physically pains me. But I have to hear it and discuss all the time because ignoring it is the only more painful than immersing myself in the struggle. Tim Wise will never experience just how hard it is to be anti-racist, and that pisses me the fuck off. I will never support him.