White Rage

White Rage

The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

Book - 2016
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"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"--
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2016
ISBN: 9781632864123
1632864126
9781632864130
1632864134
Branch Call Number: 305.80097 An2326W 2016
Characteristics: 246 pages ; 24 cm

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PimaLib_MattL Jun 13, 2018

White Rage traces white resistance to civil rights over the years since the 13th Amendment and the abolition of Slavery. From the terror of lynchings post-Reconstruction, to Black Codes and Jim Crow, to the fight against voting rights and the desegregation of schools, every advance in U.S. civil rights history has triggered a powerful response. Carol Anderson links the various carefully crafted, and not so carefully crafted responses - usually in the courts and legislatures - but often in violence. These links connect the past with the present strategy of mass incarceration and the disenfranchisement of millions, and the rash of voter suppression laws in southern and swing states.

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Eosos
Apr 01, 2018

This was a broad strokes look at racism in the government and legal system from the Civil War to the present. It mostly focuses on legal cases but very little on a continuing narrative, other than racism. It could possibly be a good choice for someone just getting into the subject but didn't go into enough depth for me.

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Persnickety77
Sep 23, 2017

Very succinct, clear, and well-written account of how white Americans have dragged black Americans back 5 steps for every 1 step of progress they make in our society. Until America is teaching this history of oppression and hate to all our students - and white Americans admit and reckon with these horrible truths - we will never be a true democracy or a just and equal country. Devastating, depressing, infuriating. A must read for white America.

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lukasevansherman
Sep 10, 2017

I suppose the one upside of Hurricane Trump is that the illusion of racial harmony or a post-racial America has been destroyed. In its wake, there have been many books trying to make sense of the fractured, anti-fact era we're living in. Carol Anderson, a professor at Emory, insists, as other have, that white supremacy is not the exception to the American story, but an essential part of it. Books such as "Stamped from Birth" (One of the most impressive books I've ever read about the history of racism.), "Between the World and Me," and "The Black History of the White House" have covered similar ground. The history was valuable, but I would've liked a little more analysis of the current crisis in our racial tensions.

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seeker472
Feb 18, 2017

Another well written, thought provoking book about white racism. Being Canadian, and a minority I see racism every day, practiced by people of many colours, races, religions, and
social groups. More thought should be brought to bear on racism for all people. It will never be solved by blaming only one group.

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taylj9
Dec 26, 2016

Dr. Anderson makes some very strong arguments about the problem race has played in our nation's history starting with the Civil War and moving forward to present day. She does a wonderful job explaining how racism is a mechanism that evolves with time and can be disguised by politicians as altruistic, patriotic, and democratic in order to convince white populations that their liberties are in jeopardy. The book is so relevant to our current reality as a society and helps to explain how we arrived here.

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JohnHy
Dec 16, 2016

This book had a dramatic negative impact on my perception of the USA as a leader of social change in the world. I was almost nauseated by the way the laws were and still are being manipulated in favour of the ruling class and whites. The next 100 years should be very interesting as current minorities become majorities. And this book didn't touch on the gun culture.

A concisely written, very digestible read for anyone interested in expanding their knowledge about race relations in the United States. Highly recommended.

~Alexa

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voisjoe1_0
Jul 17, 2016

I noticed that a slew of right-wingers have given the book a 1 star rating on the Amazon.com website in the hopes that they can bring the average rating down so people will not be encouraged to read it. Basically, the book describes various episodes from 1865 to 2016 in which people of good will attempt to redress the 250 years of exploitation of slave labor through new laws and court decisions. Each time "white rage" takes over the government and wipes out 90% of the attempted solutions. The last episode is the "white rage" that took over our country when the voters elected a "Black" president. "White rage" opposed him for eight years, slandering him as lazy, incompetent, ignorant, a Muslim, a Kenyan, etc. etc. And then the right-wing Supreme Court gutted the 1965 voting rights act, making it easier to once again prevent African-Americans from voting. As Paul Ryan said, one reason he and Romney lost the 2012 election was that there were too many "urban" voters.

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BookmanIam
Jun 17, 2016

Good coverage of the techniques at law and politics which White America has used to sabotage Black advancement. Lacks coverage of the emotional content of White resistance to Black equality -- where does this emotion come from? Just pointing out it manufactures a pool of cheap labor is not enough.

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