Yes, Racism is Taught — But Not the Way You Think

The most effective teacher of racist thinking is systemic inequality itself

Image: Marina Kliets, Shutterstock, Standard license, purchased by author

In the 1949 Broadway musical South Pacific, by Rodgers and Hammerstein, there is a song, “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught,” which stirred quite the controversy at the time.

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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)