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Dear White America with Tim Wise


In the third installment of our series on white fragility and nationalism in higher education, Ralph Newell welcomes writer and activist Tim Wise.

As one of the nation’s most prominent anti-racist essayists, educators, philanthropists, and philosophers, tune in as this “vanilla brother” discusses what created the perfect storm for white anxiety; its long-term ramifications; how white privilege manifests in higher education; and what we, as allies, can do better.


  • What drove Tim Wise to activism?
  • Where does white American anxiety come from?
  • The toxicity of white privilege to white people
  • White privilege and nationalism in higher education
  • The state of race education in the classroom today


“When you're used to hegemony, pluralism feels like oppression.”

“Privilege keeps us unsafe, lets us down, gives us an advantage at first psychologically and maybe even materially. But in the long run, it comes back to haunt us.”

“If you're feeling guilty about being white, it is because you are learning about the wrong white people.”


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