Summary: In this speech Tim Wise offers an incisive critique of colorblind race logics in US politics. To be blind to color, he argues, is to be blind to the consequences of color, making it impossible to effectively address racial inequality. In the talk Wise points to employment discrimination (18:00, 32:00), racial profiling (11:00), wealth disparities (13:00), housing discrimination (22:00), and health care disparities (42:00) in a nice explication of institutional racism, and he counters the popular notion among white Americans that the United States suddenly became post-racial following the election of President Barack Obama in 2008. While this clip is rich with information on racial inequality generally, it is particularly useful in broaching the topic of colorblind racism. After watching it, students can be engaged in a discussion about the consequences of denying the existence of race, which remains a central principle of social organization irrespective of whether people talk about it or not. Note that Wise explores the topic of colorblind racism in his book Colorblind: the Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity and in a nice pair of essays he wrote (here and here).
Submitted By: Lester Andrist