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Tim Wise on Race, Class, and… Bowling

Anti-racism educator and author Tim Wise joins me for this iteration of Our Social Landscape. Author of 9 books on race, and a prolific public speaker and blogger, Tim began his activism as a student at Tulane in the late 1980s and has been involved in the struggle for racial equality and social justice ever since.

The conversation starts with a discussion of how he began activism work against South African apartheid and neo-Nazi politician David Duke. We then touch on civil unrest, particularly in the wake of the 1-year anniversary of the January 6th, 2021, insurrection, before moving onto the intersection between race and social class in America.

Next comes a discussion of Critical Race Theory, plus the role of racism, individualism, and animosity towards the public good, that has impacted the current Covid-19 pandemic. We conclude with some suggestions moving forward, and Tim finishes with a quick discussion of how he keeps his eyes on the prize, even if the prize continues to appear unreachable.

More information about Tim Wise and his work can be found here:

The podcast features a live version of “True” by the late New Orleans piano legend James Booker.

All episodes of Our Social Landscape can be found on iTunes, simply type oursociallandscape into the search box. If you have any questions or comments, email me at


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