White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

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Read White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide Online Free - As Ferguson, Missouri, erupted in August 2014, and media commentators across the ideological spectrum referred to the angry response of African Americans as “black rage,” historian Carol Anderson wrote a remarkable op-ed in the Washington Post showing that this was, instead, “white rage at work. With so much attention on the flames,” she writes, “everyone had ignored the kindling.”

Since 1865 and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, every time African Americans have made advances towards full participation in our democracy, white reaction has fueled a deliberate and relentless rollback of their gains. The end of the Civil War and Reconstruction was greeted with the Black Codes and Jim Crow; the Supreme Court's landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision was met with the shutting down of public schools throughout the South while taxpayer dollars financed segregated white private schools; the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 triggered a coded but powerful response, the so-called Southern Strategy and the War on Drugs that disenfranchised millions of African Americans while propelling presidents Nixon and Reagan into the White House.

Carefully linking these and other historical flashpoints when social progress for African Americans was countered by deliberate and cleverly crafted opposition, Anderson pulls back the veil that has long covered actions made in the name of protecting democracy, fiscal responsibility, or protection against fraud, rendering visible the long lineage of white rage. Compelling and dramatic in the unimpeachable history it relates, White Rage will add an important new dimension to the national conversation about race in America.

Title : White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide
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ISBN : 1632864126
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 pages


Christy rated it ★★★★★

April 05, 2017

I remember gratitude that Anderson used the phrase “white rage” in her column in ’14 that started to give the context expanded here after a police officer shot an unarmed Michael Brown six times in the middle of the street until he was dead. Still, I hate it that we Whites have to get schooled by...

Esil rated it ★★★★☆

April 28, 2017

A high 4 stars! For some reason, I suspect that many may resist reading this book because of the title “White Rage” -- it has a sensationalistic connotation that may be a bit of a turn off. But if you’re one of those people, don’t be deterred. The content of White Rage is the opposite of sensatio...

Hadrian rated it ★★★★★

July 19, 2016

Short, intense J'accuse on the history of resistance to civil rights and progress on racial issues. Starts with the Civil War, and moves through Reconstruction, the Great Migration, Brown v. Board of Education, the War on Drugs, the Voting Rights Act, the Obama Presidency- all of it. A long histo...

Eilonwy rated it ★★★★★

June 17, 2017

This book is incredibly powerful. And incredibly depressing, and frustrating. When I took US History in school, the evils of Reconstruction and Jim Crow were mentioned, but they were also a bit glossed over, partly because the next chapter tended to be “and then we had the Civil Rights movement a...

Trish rated it ★★★★★

April 04, 2017

This is a completely enraging book. Anderson basically fits her material into five chapters, beginning with the aftermath of the Civil War through President Obama’s presidency. She is pointing out the ways that America has been granting rights to all its citizens with one hand while taking away t...

Mark rated it ★★★★★

May 18, 2016

Many whites are only now becoming familiar with the term Institutional Racism, and how we benefit in this society merely by being born white. Maybe you've read Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates and you're ready to read more about race in America. Carol Anderson marvelously lays out eve...

Monica rated it ★★★★☆

March 17, 2018

As I pondered this book, Nina Simone kept popping into my head. "Alabama's gotten me so upset Tennessee made me lose my rest And everybody knows about Mississippi G*ddam" Or perhaps James Baldwin articulated the condition that Simone sang about “Neither love nor terror makes one blind: indifferenc...

Taryn rated it ★★★★★

June 24, 2017

Holy cow is this an important book that I think everyone should read. First of all, the amount of research Anderson has done, even in a relatively short book, is staggering. Almost half the pages in my Kindle version were taken up by endnotes—there are multiple sources cited on every page. I’ve re...

Lata rated it ★★★★★

February 06, 2017

This is an quick read, and describes US history from prior to the Civil War to Barack Obama's presidency. This is a powerful book. Carol Anderson lays out the way racism has been baked into America's laws at the federal and state levels, and into America's attitudes for many years. She describes...

Darlene rated it ★★★★☆

August 12, 2017

I received this book, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide,written by Carol Anderson as a Goodreads giveaway. Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing for my copy. This book begins with the shooting of Michael Brown, a young African American man, who was shot and killed by police officer Dar...

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