Beyond Diversity: Challenging Racism in an Age of Backlash

by Tim Wise

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.

Tim Wise presented a campus-wide address on Thursday, January 31, 2013.

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