The Great White Hoax, featuring acclaimed anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise, explores how American political leaders of both parties have been tapping into white anxiety, stoking white grievance, and scapegoating people of color for decades to divide and conquer working class voters and shore up political support. The film’s primary focus is Donald Trump’s race-baiting 2016 campaign for the presidency. But it also widens its scope to show how Trump’s charged rhetoric about African-Americans, Latinos, and Muslims fits within a longstanding historical pattern, offering a stunning survey of how racism and racial scapegoating have shaped American politics for centuries. The Great White Hoax is an ideal resource for courses that look at race relations, white privilege, the intersectionality of race, class, and gender identities, presidential politics, and political propaganda.
Tim Wise is among the nation’s most prominent anti-racist writers and activists. Wise is the author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama, and, most recently, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich, and Sacrificing the Future of America. He also travels widely to lecture and provide anti-racism trainings, and appears regularly on television to offer political commentary.
For more information about Tim Wise, visit TimWise.org.
Featuring TIM WISE
Directed & Edited by JEREMY EARP
Executive Producer SUT JHALLY
Producer & Media Research LORETTA ALPER
Co-Producer, Additional Editing & Motion Graphics JASON YOUNG
Production Assistant DAVID MELLO
Camera SUT JHALLY
Music EPIDEMIC SOUND and BROTHER ALI
Running time: 72 MINS