This brief book (two essays) is something I would recommend to any reader who wishes to understand issues of racism in today's world. One need only look at the badly spelled signs at "Tea Party" rallies and Arizona's SB 1070 to know that racism is, unfortunately, alive and well in the USA even as some pundits argue that President Obama's election proved its demise.Tim Wise examines racism (an institutionalized matter) and bigotry (an individualized matter) not only from historical attitudes but also from the perspective of exceptionalism. He has facts and figures to back up his opinions, and addresses what needs to happen in order for our culture to truly get past the idea that skin color is some kind of valuation.In my opinion, this is a must-read for everyone. I am vehemently anti-racist and still found some matters in this book via which my assumptions were challenged. Not to be missed.