Great White Hoax: Racism, Divide-and-Conquer, and the Politics of Trumpism

This event is part of our 2017 Fall Faculty Series and our visiting writer series.

In this presentation, Wise explores the rise of Donald Trump and the way Trumpism reflects longstanding traditions of white racial resentment in America. By placing current politics in a historical context, this talk allows the audience to understand what is new, and not so new about the rise of Trump. Furthermore, this presentation documents the way in which Trumpism is rooted in a common and ignoble history in which monied elites have pitted white working class folks against people of color, while ignoring the real causes of economic and social pain felt by millions. From Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric to his calls for “law and order,” Wise lays bare the intellectual absurdity of the Trump phenomenon, and demonstrates conclusively the way in which it is tied to an implicit or even explicitly white nationalist worldview.

Tim Wise
Sept. 12 // 7 PM Talk // McAuley Theater

Tim Wise is a prominent anti-racist writer and educator, having spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1000 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the country. He has also lectured internationally and has trained corporate, government, entertainment, media, law enforcement, military, and medical industry professionals on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions.

Wise has posted several essays about current social issues and authored several books, including his best known, White Like Me.


Hosted by: Mount Mercy University Student Engagement, Mount Mercy University Residence Life, Coe College, African American Museum of Iowa

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