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)
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
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.
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.
"Good History, Was Hoping For More Insight"
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.
"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.
"Over sensitive white people"
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.
"Pick up your Torch"
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.
if you have ever wondered how 2 plus 2 equals institutionalized racism...please read this book. it does an amazing job at breaking down the details that people like to gloss over when thinking about racism and injustice.
"This book is shocking"
Nope, I think the ebook would be nice to have as well.
Since this is non-fiction there are no characters
Very clear reading
I had a very extreme reaction to this book. It made me so very angry. Everyone always tells black people to get over, but it's clear that there are some whites that don't know how to let it go either. So sad, I don't when democracy will be restored in America
"Very enlightening across racial groups!!!"
I would recommend to anyone who is transcend themselves above the extreme racial divides present in modern America. Racism and bigotry are not antiquated ideaolgies from the past. These beliefs have simply evolved to modern methods of oppression. Anyone who is committed to creating a unified nation for ALL Americans should learn their history so the cycles of oppression may end.
"Amazing and frightening"
Exposes the hatred of white America and the GOP to suppress and enslave people of color by any means possible. It destroys the notion of white pride and heritage by exposing the and criminal actions of those in power against the poor.
Should be mandatory reading for everyone - specially people who voted for Trump.
As a sociologist this has been a treasure of information about the African American experience since Reconstruction until the present. However as a African American male this is a disturbing and saddening revelation. Dr. Anderson has shed light on a reoccuring system that is taking another predictable turn in light of our latest election. Lets learn from the past and do something different.
"A Most Important Read"
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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