Why Be Racist When You Could Just Be Silent?

Having the right to be a horrible person doesn’t mean you have to confirm that you are, indeed, a horrible person

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Although its origin is unclear — having been attributed to both Abraham Lincoln and Mark Twain — most of us have probably heard it said:

It is better to remain silent and be



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Tim Wise

Tim Wise


Anti-racism educator and author of 9 books, including White Like Me and, most recently, Dispatches from the Race War (City Lights, December 2020)