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 wrote, '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.
©2016 Carol Anderson (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
"Narrator Pamela Gibson perfectly conveys the insightful research and writing in this book about civil rights in the U.S. by an Emory University historian. Anderson contends that when African-Americans make even the slightest progress, a subtle, almost invisible, white rage in the form of opposition reverses what little progress has been made. An example is the current suppression of black votes under the guise of voter fraud prevention. Gibson's delivery registers rage and compassion where appropriate. No one - from Lincoln to Trump - escapes criticism. Hard truths and supporting citations are clearly stated, leaving no confusion for listeners. Also, Gibson ably presents Anderson's unexpected humor, for example, when she talks about the current paralysis of the U.S. Senate." (AudioFile magazine)
Really like non-fiction with a well told story
I've been on a bit of a binge with "White Trash", "Hillbilly Elegy", "American Maelstrom", "Dog Whistle Politics" and "The End of White Christian America". In part to try and understand how poor working class (OK white) people are drawn to the fringe of right wing politics and is there hope for my Republican party.
Although the author gives an excellent chronology of black oppression through politics, I was looking for more insight into the psychological/sociological aspects. They were there, I just wanted more.
I am glad I read it but, I'll have to keep on searching.
This book was very enlightening for me. It went into great detail of the views and actions of the American leaders like never before. The main thing that caught me was the evolution of our racially injust system and how it has never really stopped, instead it has evolved into a legal battle. I am a black man and this will be my first time voting in the upcoming election. It enraged me to know that the same vote that my ancestors have fought hard to receive has not fully been reclaimed. I've taken this book as a cause for me to get more involved in politics and to help improve the lives of the "Least of these" in America.
I only bought this book because of the review of David Larson above. His crying and moaning, because "but but...what about all the good white people, huh? you must hate white people" nonsense convinced me that this would be a good book. As a white person who actually wants to look at the real story of racist oppression and doesn't need to be coddled with all kinds of little "but there was good people too" pats on the back or congratulations for being so amazing that you care these issues at all, I was looking for a book that didn't pull punches to spare white feelings. Of Course Larson prefers black authors who write in the time when black people could get lynched for not couching their arguments in coddling language for sensitive whites, so his fee fees were upset by a black women speaking straight truth.
This is a nonfiction book, so there are no characters. You should not offer this option on nonfiction books, audible.
The typical things. This is a stupid category for review. She read with the right tone and temperment for the subject, the only reasons a performance is good or bad on an audio book.
Shut Up sensitive white folks and take your medicine. It's long past time you sit down and just listen to what was and is being done to black folks and stop whining about how you're not being treated as nicely as you prefer.
Audible, put a tiny amount of effort into your review section. It really would take an average coder one day, maybe two to fix this.
This book doesn't matter...not objective...revisionizt history....Anything by WBDebois enlightens... .not this...sorry I purchAsed the audio...
I would highly recommend this book to all white people that would truly like to understand the crazy surface fear and hate of black people.
I have learned so much about my families racist deep visceral racist attitudes my entire life.
I could never, ever understand why and how the got these attitudes.
To me this book explains this perplexing notions.
Like many white people, I've been trying to better understand the ongoing racial divide in America. With that as a goal, I've been reading every book I can find on the topic. There have been some great ones ("The Fire Next Time" by James Baldwin, "Between The World And Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and "The Souls of Black Folk" by W.E.B. Du Bois are all excellent). And then we have Dr. Anderson's book "White Rage."
I really wanted to like this book, but it was painful to read because the author does a poor job of hiding her contempt for white people. I mean this author REALLY does not like white people at all. Given that the author is a scholar of African American history, I can understand some of this anger (Spoiler Alert: white people have done a lot of bad stuff to black people throughout history). However, this book is supposed to be an objective academic look at race, not a diatribe against whites.
Chapter after chapter of Dr. Anderson's book details the cruel and horrible things that white people have done to innocent black people (and I agree the history is terrible). But to hear Dr. Anderson tell it, any advancements that black people have made over the years has been entirely on their own with little or no help from white people. Dr. Anderson even gives short shrift to Abraham Lincoln, writing that he "lacks humanity." In other words, Dr. Anderson has a very black and white view of history.
To accept Dr. Anderson's characterization of history is to believe that the NAACP and almost all black institutions of higher learning were built entirely by black people with little or no funding or support from white people. I find this silly falsehood to be extremely divisive. Can't we just admit that some white people are good and some black people are bad simply because all of us are people? Black people in America certainly have it much worse than white people, but blaming all black problems on white people is a little bit much. Surely white people have done something good at some point. Can't we say that white people are at least 10% good? Can't we say that black people are at least 10% responsible for their life choices? Until both sides can admit some basic truths about each other, we're not going to make much progress.
I gave this book one star because chapter 6 is very good. In chapter 6, Dr. Anderson talks about Republicans using the phony issue of "voter fraud" to reboot Jim Crow and subvert our democracy. Jim Crow 2.0 is definitely a serious problem and deserves its own book, but hopefully it will be written by an author who doesn't hate white people so much. As a white man myself, it's true that I can never fully understand the hate that black people feel towards white people. But as a fighter for social justice, I know that alienating those white people who are trying to make things better is not a very good strategy.
White Rage is already stunning for it's title, for it puts racism very much in the present tense and the moral burden where it should be. Anderson takes us from Reconstruction to Ferguson showing a long history of injustices that are still operating today. Maybe the saddest for me was the failure of school and housing integration that makes us a virtually apartheid country (Jonathan Kozol, Shame of the Nation.) I wish she went into the psychology of white rage a bit more.
If you are black and born after 1615, you better read this. If you are white, you need to find out how the government has played you against black people all these years.
I listened to this through Audible and this is one of the most important pieces for people -especially white people such as myself- to read (or listen to) right now!
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