Beyond Diversity: Challenging Racism in an Age of Backlash by Tim Wise
We enjoyed an excellent second Intersections event with Tim Wise on Thursday, January 31, 2013.
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.
Learn more about Tim Wise by visiting his website.
The striking image of John Carlos raising his black-gloved fist on the platform at the 1968 Summer Olympics has become an iconic image. The image is well known, but his story is not. Dr. Carlos, winner of the bronze medal in the men’s 200-meter race, and renowned American sportswriter Dave Zirin discussed how sports have helped both to stabilize and to disrupt the political status quo throughout history. They also examined the history of rebel athletes who dared to fight for social justice beyond the field of play.
Thank you to the Sports Leadership Club for co-sponsoring our first Intersections event!
Check out Dave Zirin's books
Connections to the Classroom
- Politics and Play: Americas Rebel Athletes
- Toward a Radical Sport Journalism: An Interview with Dave Zirin
- Olympic Medalist John Carlos Reflects on '68 Black Power Salute
- 1968 The Black Power Salute - video
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