Film Screening Fosters Lively Discussion

Time Wise, The Great White Hoax Film Screening

Faculty, staff, and students gathered in the Integrative Learning Center this semester, for the premiere screening of the film The Great White Hoax. The film features acclaimed anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise, who discusses the intersectionality between race and class in American politics. Wise explores how American political leaders of both parties have been tapping into white anxiety, working to divide and conquer working class voters and shore up political support.

The primary focus of the documentary is Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and how through the use of white anxiety and covert racial rhetoric, he won the support of the working class. The film highlights a long standing political pattern, indicating that racism and racial scapegoating have been instrumental forces in American politics for centuries - from the colonial era, to Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and finally Donald Trump.

The screening was followed by a Q & A session with the author, which included topics such as immigration policy and media bias. Wise commented about the changing narrative of America.

“No more is racism real or not real,” said Wise during the heated discussion. “Now it is clear just how far we have to go on the issue of equity.”

Wise has spoken at countless colleges and organizations and has appeared as a news commentator. He was also featured in several documentaries and has written seven books, including his latest work, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Jeopardizing the Future of America.

The documentary film produced by Media Education Foundation, was executive produced by Comm Professor Sut Jhally. The event was cosponsored by the Comm department, and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

-- Summer Tuman ‘18