PULLMAN, Wash. — A social critic and anti-racist activist will discuss “Reading, Writing and Racism: White Supremacy in Education, from Kindergarten through College” at 7:30 p.m., April 11, in the Fine Arts Auditorium on the Washington State University campus.
Activist Tim Wise is described by fellow activists and educators as revolutionary, prophetic, inspiring, captivating and courageous. His detractors, including ex-Klansman David Duke, describe him as a leftist extremist.
By age 14, Wise was a full-fledged activist. He helped end Duke’s political career in Louisiana and has spoken to more than 75,000 people in 42 states defending affirmative action, responding to conservative assaults on the poor and people of color, and advocating the support of racial equality.
Wise founded the Association for White Anti-Racist Education (AWARE) to educate whites about the social and economic costs of institutional racism and to encourage whites to combat racial inequity.
Wise is the author of “Little White Lies: The Truth about Affirmative Action and ‘Reverse Discrimination.’” He is a frequent contributor to the Znet Online Commentary program, a political editorial service. Wise earned a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University.
The talk is part of the WSU Department of Comparative American Cultures “Who Speaks for America?” series.