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Tim Wise: Challenging the Culture of Cruelty

In this speech, drawn from his newest book, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Jeopardizing the Future of America, Tim Wise examines the ways in which American politics and culture serve to rationalize inequalities on the basis of class and race.

From the myth of rugged individualism to the racialized attacks on the nation’s poor, American ideology has long served to explain away inequity as a natural outcome of differential talent, effort or cultural attributes. But as Wise shows in this presentation, to believe that the poor and unemployed are to blame for their own plight or that the rich deserve their positions and wealth is to believe in a pernicious and destructive lie that threatens the very heart of democracy and true equal opportunity. By exploring the way that racism has been central to the development and perpetuation of the nation’s class system, Wise demonstrates the importance of undermining the dominant white racial narrative not solely to fight racism itself, but larger economic and social injustice as well.

Friday, February 17 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Lorton Performance Center, Gussman Hall
550 South Gary Place, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74104-9700

Event Type

Lecture/Speaker, Featured

Audiences

General Public, Faculty, Staff, Students

Departments

Student Association, Student Affairs, Multicultural Student Programs, Diversity

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Cost

Free and Open to the Public

Contact Name

Morgan Taylor

Contact Email

Morgan-Taylor@utulsa.edu

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Ramola Rajagopal

Ramola Rajagopal left a positive review 2/16/2017

Much anticipated, on my part. Glad I went. We needed his lesson in history to remind us of the reasons for the status quo. I think we are lucky to have his upbringing amongst the blacks, shape his view, to highlight the culture of cruelty. Good man, liked his style of presentation.