The author in ‘speaking treason clearly’, examines ways in which racism has taken roots in most parts of the economy. He describes the several ways in which racism not only affects people of different color, but also explores the various ways in which the racial privileges can damage the whites. He also makes an analysis of the various progressive social changes that can occur. Although Wise makes forceful arguments, he also serves to counter both white complacency and denial.
Wise clearly describes how the white Americans involve themselves in the widespread system of oppression. Like for instance, in ‘passing the buck and missing the point’, Wise challenges the notion that blacks are perceived by the whites to overreact more. He also tries to answer the issue of the whites considering the media to focus more on individual instances rather than as a whole. Wise in most of his extracts examines the negatives of the blind system of governance which he views to be deeply rooted with racist attitudes and policies. These well argued and concise pieces on racists proves to educators and relevant activists that racism exists in such areas as job discrimination, housing policies, access to health care, wealth gap, and criminal justice practices.
Wise composes a series of essays that explores racism in national stories and headlines. He portrays to have fed up with white America’s rejection of the issues of class and race, and more specifically the issues of institutionalized and systematic racism. His disputes of white denial is generalized in the following ways; rationalization, deflection, minimization, and claims of victimization competition. He supports his arguments by describing the various current case studies like police brutality, affirmative action, and discrimination of housing. With the use of statistics, he brings out clearly the contradictions in racist ideologies. The tone he uses confronts and critically forces the reader to challenge and analyze their own views of class, race, and the prejudices they may hold. While I don’t concur with the generalization of the mindsets of the white America, I am pleased about the exposure of the mindset that propels systematic racism.
The author’s thoughts have been of great importance to me. The book brings out hard truths and makes me realize how things in the society occur in the wider system of the world. Like for instance, it has reinforced and propelled me to have strength against the daily resistance I get from racists. I love the anger that Wise portrays against the use of racism in most areas of the economy. Another factor that impressed me in this book is the ability of Wise to use statistical analysis such as sociological polls and surveys to portray the concrete foundation of anti-racist arguments. His skill and the presentation and exposure of the white hypocrisies, makes racists sentiments appear more real. In the discussion of the book, I understand that true equality does not just mean equal protection by the law, but equal circumstance and opportunities.
I agree with this book in most instances because it helps us break out the thoughts and language mainstream which is considered to have dominated racists’ concepts in America. This collection of essays shows us how to portray or speak out against personal and institutional systematic racism on reasonable, logical, and rational terms. On the other hand, I disagree how the author addresses the reader. For instance, he assumes the reader to be ignorant, writes with anger to justify his point, and is unrelenting in bringing out his ideas. These concepts, in other instances, can be misunderstood as one can consider the author to have ill motives about the whites. Other people can also consider the author as a paragon of modern antiracist. Additionally, the presentations of his arguments are inexcusable, hence giving slim chances for discussion. In view of this, I consider him to portray the image of ‘join me in believing that every white is a racist or part of the problem’.