About the Book

How to Get Stupid White Men out of Office

How to Get Stupid White Men out of Office

The Anti-Politics, Un-Boring Guide to Power
March 2004
Trade Paperback · 160 Pages
$12.95 U.S. · €9.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781932360080
Soft Skull Press


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Anyone can write a rant against the state of American democracy today. Anyone can talk trash about politicians, or bemoan the apathy of the electorate, the low turnout, the low attention span, the cynicism. How To Get Stupid White Men... is a guide to getting off one’s cynical ass and doing something about it. Over the past six months, William Upski Wimsatt has been working with a group of people who have hitherto engaged in myriad forms of social work and political activism to develop a strategy that will effect positive change on American society through the electoral process. Rather than taking to the streets, rather than "bombing [graffitting] the suburbs," Wimsatt and his colleagues plan to "throw the bums out." This book will tell the story of 19 such cases over the past couple of years and outline all the potential races for 2004, describing the tactics to be utilized in an array of contested races across the country by creating coalitions of gay, enviro, Black, Latino and other young groups of voters. The goal is to make this the most useful politically life-changing book any 15-35 year old could read this election year.

About the Authors

A 29-year-old native of Chicago, William Upski Wimsatt ("Billy") is an artist, journalist, author, entrepreneur, multi-issue organizer, philanthropist, organization-builder and lecturer. Wimsatt became one of Chicago's most infamous graffiti writers as a youngster. At age 16, he became a columnist for the Source, a national hip-hop magazine and has written for Chicago Tribune, Adbusters, Vibe, XXL, and Utne Reader. He was named a Younger Scholar by the National Endowment for the Humanities and in 1998, he served as a the National Talent Scout for MTV's Rock the Vote. His second book No More Prisons won The Firecracker Alternative Book Award in 2000. He has spoken at dozens of colleges including: Harvard, Yale, Swarthmore, and Amherst, as well as conferences, bookstores, and subway stations. In 1996, he was the youngest person named a "Visionary" by Utne Reader. Wimsatt is co-founder of three active non-profits organizations and serves on the boards of four others.