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White Rage Audiobook

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    J. E. Johnson UK 16/11/2016
    J. E. Johnson UK 16/11/2016 Member Since 2016

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    "Sad story but so needs to be told"

    I must read for all those who love humanity and want to see racial discrimination and disparities disappear. We have an opptune moment to save the soul of humanity let us grasp it work for it and encourage our children ro hope for this is bigger than all of us. Make a better heal breakwn hearts and minds. University live always. May god bless us all. Amen

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Steve Hill London, UK 05/03/2017
    Mr. Steve Hill London, UK 05/03/2017 Member Since 2016

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    "An important book for white people to read, with some problems"

    This book traces racial discrimination in the US. It is structured in a simple chronology starting in the 1800s and only approaching something remotely modern in the last two chapters.

    Nobody can fault the meticulous research and it is certainly written in an accessible way. As a white male listener in the U.K., I found the history very interesting and easy to follow.

    I would have like to have seen Anderson structure the book more around themes, rather than a chronology. I found myself asking "somewhat?" And "what does it all mean?" as Anderson moves speedily through history, giving yet another example of a discriminatory policy making or another shocking racist attack.

    As another reviewer states, it is only in the last two chapters where we eventually hit modern times with an examination of the Obama legacy and brings together some of the themes. These are by far the most informative chapters.

    I found the performance to be rather flat, as if the presenter was reading from a script and not particularly engaged with the book.

    Those looking for a explanation of the rise of Trump will need to look elsewhere.

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    Saad 17/02/2017
    Saad 17/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Stick with it for the closing chapters remarks."

    I found the book a bit boring with all the legal facts used as historical evidence and records. I cannot however dismiss their importance as it lays the foundation and evidence of the racial divide and it's resulting outcome. I also love the fact that the constitution and legal proceedings are used as the basis for the book as they are more stringent evidence that stand the test of time.

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  • Mike
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    08/09/16
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    "Good History, Was Hoping For More Insight"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    36 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    15/03/17
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    "wish I listened to this before I move here"

    this is an incredible book. extremely relevant to our current situation we are going to see the policies in thus book introduced again not just against African Americans but all people if color.
    if you are anti apartheid in the USA you must read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Buck
    Stockton, US, Canada
    10/11/16
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    "Why don't I know about this ?"

    I am black and I knew nothing about the exploits of Andrew Johnson , the black codes , CCA and many of the historical facts about how the American government was responsible for crafting racism and the denigration of blacks. I think we need to explore why are whites so afraid of blacks being able to live normal lives just like them.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • John W. Griffin
    Monticello, MS US
    23/04/17
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    "Truths many don't know"

    A great read that summarizes truth many don't know and we'll have a hard time accepting. this book is eye opening and heart touching. it is sad that advancements of blacks makes whites feel intimidated.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • M. URBAN
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    22/03/17
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    "Everyone should read this book!!!!"

    Well written history of blacks in America.
    The history we should have been taught in school.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bagman
    27/02/17
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    "eye opening."

    I loved it. It was eye opening and inciteful. It follows all the way to current times. It is a must read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chris Williams
    Fairbanks, AK, USA
    10/02/17
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    "Totally Wow!!!"

    Wish this would change but I know the reality of life in the U.S. We have had more than 100+ years to change this. Truly saddened!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A True Gentleman
    30/01/17
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    "This is a must read "

    The facts and statistics discussed in this book are conveniently omitted from America's history books and thus sadly allows a racist, self-serving narrative to continue to thrive in the modern era. For anyone ready and willing to take our country FORWARD this should be a must read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • John E
    29/01/17
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    "Eye Opening"

    As a white, well read & active progressive, I thought I had a good sense of the historical experience of African Americans in the US. This book was like a body blow from a linebacker, forcing me to acknowledge the constant, consistent drumbeat of oppression that began 350 years ago & continues today via both "dog whistles" AND bullhorns-- subtle and not so subtle but always with the aim to quiet, disenfranchise & use as fodder black Americans to maintain white-"conservative"- dominance. The research is in depth, non-reactionary or preachy but with the confident power of an army of facts allowing no wiggle room for "alternative facts." Thank you Carol Anderson-- as hard as it was for me to read, my guess is it was 100 times more emotionally brutal for you to write.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wilmington, DE
    27/01/17
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    "White people, you need to read this... "

    I didn't realize how unrelenting the resistance of white people to education for black people has been. Nor did I understand the role of the Iran Contra campaign in creating a war on drugs that has led to mass incarceration of black people.
    This is well worth reading, even if it is horrifying.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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