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I don't write a lot of diaries.  In fact, I haven't written one in a long time.  I don't live on this site, as great as it is, like so many seem to do.  But I try to peep it as often as possible.  But yesterday's diary by Tim Wise shook me from my Wall Street cocoon.  I have to start calling him "T.W." or "T-Dub" or "T-Wise", something cool.  Mr. Tim Wise is a badass white boy.  He has his shit together like no one else.  Let me explain below the croissant.

I've been reading T-Dub for years now, and have been amazed at how insightful he is about "The Situation."  And I don't mean that fool on the reality TV show. I mean life in these Disunited States.  

Look, I move about in some high-brow corporate circles.  I travel the world. But I've never met a cat like T-Wise, white boy extraordinaire, who actually gets it. No, he FEELS it.  He knows the pain and not just the rain.  He can viscerally relate to what it is like to be black or brown or Muslim in this world, including the Disunited States of the 1%, while being so pale of skin he's practically translucent.  Black folks in particular appreciate that, probably because it is so rare.  And in T.W.'s case, so legit.  T-Dub ain't slummin' y'all.  The Mac Daddy of speaking truth to power is for real.

Yesterday's words of wisdom, as he predicted, were viciously attacked by the very same scions of whiteness not used to having their civil rights crapped on.   T-Dub hit it out of the park when described his own reaction to the revelations from Spencer's crime (yes, what he did was illegal, face it) as nonchalant.  That's the way every man, woman and child born with a natural sun tan reacted. We yawned.  Nothing new here.  What's for breakfast?  We're used to being spied on, followed around in retail stores by "undercover" security, stopped and frisked, pulled over on the highway for DWB, being falsely arrested, prosecuted, wrongly convicted, and outlandishly sentenced.  My white colleagues still can't believe a white police officer would deliberately harass a motorist because of the car he is driving or the neighborhood he's driving in.  It must be because we're criminals!

Go here, in case you missed it yesterday: Tim Wise Speaks

Tim, keep it coming, bro'.  PLEASE.  

Now, some might ask, 'Why focus on this particular shortcoming in our otherwise progressive and well-meaning white brothers and sisters?'  Some might think it divisive for a brilliant intellectual and author like Tim Wise to bring this up.  True dat.  The risk of bruising feelings was definitely there.  But Tim is a believer in truth.  He's no corporate shill under instruction from Public Affairs to soften his message.  He plays hardball not wiffle ball, because he knows from history that you may get under some people's skin in the short run, but this is a long game, and the maestro just wants you to wake up.  This shit ain't new.  He wants to level set (to borrow corporate speak).  Although we who seek equality for all are on the same side, we're not at the same place.  We need to be at the same place. We need to be tight, to present the strongest possible opposition, if we are to defeat the motherfuckers on the right--the racists, msyognists, homophobes, jingoists, and other assholes.  

That's my interpretation of Tim's words.  In my opinion there is a method to his madness.  Too many of my white brothers and sisters responded as if he was nothing but a bomb thrower.  And that's a pity.

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  •  this is some next level satire. well done (1+ / 0-)
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    SpecialKinFlag

    I sing praises in the church of nonsense, but in my heart I'm still an atheist, demanding sense of all things.

    by jbou on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 02:31:36 PM PDT

  •  Thank you. I read some very disturbing (5+ / 0-)

    comments there and was too busy to wade in. Wise is one of those people who can 'get under your skin' because you know he has a point. Which he did, and it was a truly excellent one.

    Abrasive? I thought he laid out his attitude pretty clearly in the diary. Too much like Greenwald, who a lot of people don't like? I have had some issues with him as well. It doesn't mean his contributions are not very worthwhile.

    When it comes to this kind of being aware but not fully grasping the many implications, there are very few colorless folks who aren't uncomfortable with T-Wise's relentlessly pushing the truth.

    My brain is threatening a melt down if the SCOTUS knocks down affirmative action. I still don't believe the medical field really grasps that life long high stress levels are the biggest factor behind the lower life expectancy rates for colored men and women. Lip service for the most part.

    Another very interesting diary yesterday pointed out that one of the reasons this country has shifted so far right is the decades of methodical assaults on the far left voices. Mitch McConnell is trying again to pretend that conservatives are getting undeserved harassment. Sniff. (Hunter: 'Sorry to inflict democracy on you.') We don't want to follow the far left anymore than we do the far right. But they help with perspective and balance. Which we have clearly lost. Jumping on unique voices like Wise and Greenwald will only make the big tent smaller - not as good a place to congregate.

    Glad you dropped by and decided to put in your perspective. Much appreciated.

    "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

    by Ginny in CO on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 02:35:31 PM PDT

  •  I had bypassed that diary, because (3+ / 0-)
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    Patate, doroma, ciganka

    it seemed like one more place for fighting, and there have been enough of those lately.

    Thanks, both for recommending it, and for this. Good read.

    At least half the future I've been expecting hasn't gotten here yet. Sigh.... (Yes, there's gender bias in my name; no, I wasn't thinking about it when I signed up. My apologies.)

    by serendipityisabitch on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 02:48:35 PM PDT

  •  Yes, I just read Tim Wise's diary (4+ / 0-)

    and it makes a very good point.

    I am of Jewish heritage and 57 years old.  I grew up in a working class neighborhood.  In those days, racism and anti-semitism was acceptable, and the use of slurs was common.  I have never been seriously persecuted, but have experienced enough anti-semitism to make me well aware that I am not part of the American mainstream.

    People of color always understand what I am talking about reagrding this, but many middle class, white, Christian people do not have a clue.  I have been told several times that, "there is no anti-semitism in this country".  I have also been told that expressions such as, "Jewed him down", and "Jew Town", are not prejudiced, just figures of speech.

    I can only imagine how much more pervasive and oppresive prejudice must be for people of color, who can be identified simply by the way they look.

    It amazes me how totally oblivious people can be.  I suppose, to quote from Rebert Heinlein's science fiction classic, "Stranger in a Strange Land", "Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches".

  •  This non-badass white boy (5+ / 0-)

    And seriously, I'm way white...hasn't got a problem with Tim Wise.  

    White Priviledge...it's real, it's pervasive, and damn fucking hard to recognize if you are the beneficiary.

    At a very basic level, US social and economic policy is tilted toward my advantage.  If I was to vote selfishly, I'd vote republican.  My political action is pretty much dedicated to helping out those less fortunate than myself...cause I am an upper middle class, heterosexual, son of an Ivy Leagu professor, PhD, white male.  When I say I have Priviledge...I am so not kidding.

    "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

    by Empty Vessel on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 02:56:21 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for the diary (2+ / 0-)
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    doroma, Kevskos

    I skipped over the diary you pointed out here because it had NSA in the title, but you're right, it was a damn good read. Thanks again.

  •  Tim Wise rocks (1+ / 0-)
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    ciganka

    The people of white privilege on Daily Kos, however? Not so much.

    I would feel sorry for them, but they're obstacles to progress. Their day is over, which would not be a problem if they could just recognize the richness of the days that lay ahead, but grasping hands rarely do.

  •  Wow. (5+ / 0-)

    So Tim got trounced and his apologists need to ride to the rescue.

    Look, Mr. I move about in some high-brow corporate circles.

    Me too.

    And you're ok with the next Republican president spying on you.

    You deserve neither Liberty nor Security.

  •  Yawning is so contagious, isn't it? /nt (0+ / 0-)
  •  Another Way of Looking At It... (0+ / 0-)

    Tim Wise is saying what Samuel L. Jackson repeated in those Nov. 2012 campaign commercials with that little white girl who was his side kick (she said it too, and it was funny as hell):  Samuel L and the white girl

    "WAKE THE FUCK UP!"  

    Now, that's real. Tim just uses a lot more words. :)

  •  So, in other words, ... (9+ / 0-)

    ... being aware of this for a long time, the joy of being nonchalant about it trumps the opportunities for cultivating new allies in the fight against the domestic surveillance state.

    Surrender in advance, because surrender allows one to cultivate a certain air.

    Surrender in advance, because surrender is, after all, easier.

    And above all, don't sit around waiting for the architects of the institutions of tyranny to deploy divide-and-conquer strategies, but rather let us self-divide-and-conquer. After all, if we defeat ourselves, we don't have to risk the emotional pain of fighting and losing.

    Myself, I'm torn. My wife is from the Democratic Republic of Congo and my son is an African American, so unlike every single one of the out of touch white corporate elites in your place of business, I am all too aware of the crime of DWB. But on the other hand, I am an over-privileged white living and teaching below the poverty line.

    So do I have enough under-privilege by association to speak up on the establishment of institutions prone to a slide into authoritarian tyranny? Is it mandatory for me to surrender in advance, or am I among the select few who is permitted to act and speak out against that tyranny? Its a tricky issue in the context of the self-imposed divide-and-conquer approach to the question that is being proposed.

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    by BruceMcF on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 05:37:06 PM PDT

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