Beyond Diversity: Challenging Racism in an Age of Backlash by Tim Wise

Date: January 31, 2013
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Grand River Room, Russell H. Kirkhof Center

An Intersections Event

Free and Open to the Public - Lib 100 and US 201 Approved

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 to expose how most “tolerance” trainings fail to address the fundamental structures of racism and inequality.

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.

Tim Wise Picture
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.