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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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