A Word to the Wise. Tim Wise, that is.
When the renowned “anti-racist” speaker and writer was on the C.O.W.S. (Context of White Supremacy) radio show last Sunday, I got a chance to ask him a few questions. One of them was the following: Are you willing to share your speaking fees with one or more persons who are not white who are attempting counter-racist work so that your family’s standard of living is comparable to that of the average black “family?” I asked him to simply answer “yes” or “no.”
He said “no.” Of course, he ignored my request not to append additional words. Mr. Wise unzipped his file entitled “Buckets o’ Words” and began downloading them on me. The essence of his explanation for declining to share his family’s income with a black survival unit was that it would make his own children into “victims” without having any effect on the system of racism /white supremacy. He said that, until large numbers of white people are willing to share in a reasonable manner or forced by the”government” to do so, he’d just continue doling out a little charity here and there.
By that reasoning, wouldn’t it have been correct for a plantation owner to decline to release his slaves—and their offspring— until a whole lot of other owners were forced to do so by a group of white people pointing guns and cannons? And, anyway, the white people doing the forcing would have to voluntarily engage in such a show of force so that other white people comply. Why isn’t Mr. Wise motivated to —voluntarily—give up his unjust advantage r i g h t— n o w?
Tim Wise is building upon the original work of Neely Fuller, Jr, a black male, who has been speaking and writing on this subject for more than 40 years with much greater clarity and precision than Wise. Mr. Fuller does not reside in a style anywhere close to the Wise family. It is not plausible that Wise does not know this. So, Mr. Wise, please start sending Mr. Fuller his cut.