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We are beginning to think about it. As the nation and our own communities become less white, as the popular culture becomes more multicultural, as the economy melts down, and as political leadership is exercised by a man of color with a name that seems strange and exotic to many of us, whiteness suddenly becomes highly visible. It becomes marked space: now we are different from the president; we are different from the celebrities on the posters in our kids’ rooms; we are different from a lot of the people we see at the mall, or in the schools, or in our neighborhoods, and we are, surprisingly, not that different from millions of people of color when it comes to economic insecurity and hardship.In addition to outlining the key messages of the new book, we also aired a brief clip of Wise's advice on how to share this book with loved ones. As he states in the clip, Dear White America was written from a place of love, caring and concern rather than a place of shaming and finger-pointing. Wise advises that we rely on our personal attachment to the people in our lives with whom we want to share the book to help ensure that they receive it with an open mind.
Listen to the archive of the entire interview here and on the ITYC player to the left.