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WHITE LIKE ME explores the politics of race & racism through the lens of Tim Wise’s acclaimed work on whiteness and white privilege.
WHITE LIKE ME explores the politics of race & racism through the lens of Tim Wise’s acclaimed work on whiteness and white privilege.
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The Media Education Foundation (MEF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations (less the value of the premiums you select) are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

ABOUT THIS FILM: WHITE LIKE ME brings the work of acclaimed anti-racist author and educator Tim Wise to the screen, exploring race and racism in the United States through the lens of whiteness and white privilege. The film’s baseline aim is to make sense of the seemingly abstract concept of white privilege, and to show how our failure as a society to properly acknowledge and confront the psychological, social, and political effects of white privilege has perpetuated racial inequality and race-based political resentments.

For years, Tim Wise has been electrifying college campuses with his impassioned, deeply personal, and spellbinding lectures on whiteness and white privilege. WHITE LIKE ME represents the first attempt to bring the full range of his work to the screen, to tell a single compelling story about how white privilege continues to shape individual attitudes, public discourse, electoral politics, and government policy in ways most white people have never stopped to think about.

In addition to Tim Wise, the film will feature:

MICHELLE ALEXANDER | Ohio State University Law School, Author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

CHARLES OGLETREE | Harvard Law School, Author of The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Race, Class & Crime in America

IMANI PERRY | Center for African American Studies, Princeton University, Author of More Beautiful and More Terrible: The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality in the United States

MARTIN GILENS | Department of Politics, Princeton University, Author of Why Americans Hate Welfare: Race, Media, and the Politics of Anti-Poverty Policy

JOHN H. BRACEY, JR. | Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Author of African American Mosaic: A Documentary History from the Slave Trade to the 21st Century (with Manisha Sinha)

NILANJANA DASGUPTA | Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, National Science Foundation Grant winner for research on implicit prejudice.

OUR GOAL: WHITE LIKE ME aims to help change the national conversation about race and racism, especially among white people. It aims to show how the best way forward is not to try to transcend race in pursuit of a color-blind society, but to talk openly, honestly, and without defensiveness about race, racism, and racial identity, especially white racial identity. With Tim Wise as the guide, we think this film has a good shot at doing just that.

WHAT WE NEED TO MAKE THIS FILM HAPPEN: We need to finish WHITE LIKE ME by July in order to get it out to college campuses around the country for the Fall semester. To make that happen, we urgently need to raise $30,000 to cover our remaining production and post-production costs down the final stretch. This money will help us pay for these specific things:

Camera work - $5,000

Editing - $10,000

Licensing - $5,000

Motion Graphics - $5,000

Mastering - $5,000

The Media Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations (less the value of the premiums you select) will be tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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PRAISE FOR TIM WISE:

"Tim Wise is a vanilla brother in the tradition of John Brown."
-- Cornel West | author, philosopher

"Tim Wise is one of the most brilliant, articulate, and courageous critics of white privilege in the nation. He is a national treasure."
-- Michael Eric Dyson | Georgetown University

"Tim Wise is one of the few people, along with perhaps Frederick Douglass, who has ever really spoken honestly and forcefully to white people about themselves."
-- Charles Ogletree | Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

"The clearest thinking on race I've seen in a long while written by a white writer. . . right up there with the likes of historian Howard Zinn and Herb Aptheker as far as I'm concerned."
-- Dr. Joyce King | Georgia State University

"Tim Wise's work is revolutionary, and those who react negatively are simply afraid of hearing the truth."
-- Robin D.G. Kelley | Professor of American History, UCLA

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