Beyond Diversity: Challenging Racism in an Age of Blacklash

Date: January 31, 2013
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Grand River Room

 

Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. In this program he will critique “diversity” efforts on campuses and in corporate America. Unlike conservative criticisms, which claim diversity and multiculturalism have gone too far, this presentation focuses on how most “tolerance” training amounts to little more than a feel-good approach which fails to address the fundamental structures of racism and inequality. Since it is these institutional realities that cause a lack of “diversity” in the first place, failure to discuss strategies for changing the current distribution of power will doom diversity efforts to failure. Focusing on personal prejudice rather than institutional bias is shown to be inadequate for building an anti-racist movement. The negative impact on all Americans that results from failing to address structural racism is discussed in detail.

  • I recognize how “tolerance” training amounts to little more than a feel-good approach that fails to address the fundamental structures of racism and inequality.
  • I understand how focusing on personal prejudice rather than institutional bias is inadequate for building an anti-racist movement.
  • I can discuss strategies for changing the current distribution of power.