Analysis and Evaluation of "The Pathology of White Privilege" by Tim Wise
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Little White Lies:
An Analysis and Evaluation of “The Pathology of White Privilege” by Tim Wise
Growing up in the United States, racism is an issue one cannot help but hear about at one point or another. Racial inequality and discrimination is a topic that comes up every February with Black History Month, and is often talked about in high school history classes around the country. But that is what it is considered to the majority of people: history. Most students are taught that, while there are still and will always be individual cases of racial discrimination and racism, nationally the problem ended with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. People of color, however, will often tell you differently. At least that is what they told Tim Wise,…show more content… Wise then goes on to describe just how much of a burden race can be on a person of color, saying that white people do not have racial stereotypes working against them when people of color have to constantly worry about activating a series of negative stereotypes and whether or not they will be able to overcome them. He says that having one less thing to worry about can be the one thing that separates success from failure. Wise then goes on to describe how racial inequalities came to exist in this country’s founding colonies simply as a ploy to hide class.
After explaining and providing many examples of white privilege, Wise then makes the case that this privilege is not only harmful to people of color, but also very dangerous for white people as well. He says white people should care about what privilege can turn them into, and that caring is an act of self-interest and liberation.
Wise closes by explaining that dealing with racial inequality has nothing to do with guilt and everything to do with responsibility. He points out that no one person is responsible, yet this inequality still exists and this generation has inherited it. He ends with saying “it is up to us to take responsibility, not because we are guilty, but because we are here.”
Tim Wise uses many different methods to make his case in his hour-long speech about white privilege. The first thing he does is appeals to his audience by pointing out the obvious fact that he is white, and continues to point