White rage the unspoken truth of our racial divide: By Carol Anderson, PhD
Carol Anderson’s “White Rage: The unspoken truth of our racial divide” is so moving, so eye opening, so enraging, in this time of renewed Jim Crow legislation and outlook, that I really don’t have the words.
Yes, someone as verbose as I can’t summon the words. Carol Anderson’s new book, “White Rage: The unspoken truth of our racial divide” brings such a historical context sharply back into focus this book is an extraordinarily timely and urgent call to confront the legacy of structural racism bequeathed by white anger and resentment and to show its continuing threat to the promise of America.
White rage is a harrowing account of our national history during the century and a half since the Civil War even more troubling for what it exposes about our present our deep and abiding racial divide this is necessary reading for anyone interested in understanding and perfecting the United States of America.
“[A] slim but persuasive volume . . . A sobering primer on the myriad ways African American resilience and triumph over enslavement, Jim Crow and intolerance have been relentlessly defied by the very institutions entrusted to uphold our democracy.” – Washington Post
“White Rage is a riveting and disturbing history that begins with Reconstruction and lays bare the efforts of whites in the South and North alike to prevent emancipated black people from achieving economic independence, civil and political rights, personal safety, and economic opportunity.” – The Nation
“[White Rage] is an extraordinarily timely and urgent call to confront the legacy of structural racism bequeathed by white anger and resentment, and to show its continuing threat to the promise of American democracy.” – Editor’s Choice, New York Times Book Review
“An unflinching look at America’s long history of structural and institutionalized racism, White Rage is a timely and necessary examination of white anger and aggression towards black America . . . A compelling look at American history, White Rage has never seemed more relevant than it does today.” – Bustle, “17 Books On Race Every White Person Needs To Read”
“White Rage belongs in a place of honor on the shelf next to other seminal books about the African-American experience such as James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns, and Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow.” – Santa Barbara Independent
“[A] powerful survey of American history as seen in the violent white reactions to black progress, from Reconstruction to the great migration to the current political landscape.” –Boston Globe
“Anderson has shown, with her well-sourced (she has several hundred detailed footnotes) and readable book, why the fights over race and access to the perquisites of American citizenship grind on . . . White Rage lends perspective and insight for those of us who are willing to confront, study and learn from the present situation in this country.” – St. Louis Dispatch
“In every episode of White Rage Anderson amplifies and elongates this initial claim [white America’s seething resistance to African Americans’ sociopolitical advancements] into a striking argument about the nation’s failure to recognize African Americans as full members the citizenry. Though stretching a stand-alone essay into an extended study doesn’t work very often, White Rage operates efficiently and elegantly, offering readers new intelligence about American experience. Following Anderson, one gains insight by accrual.” – Lit Hub
“It’s shocking, beautifully written, and, with white supremacy knocking on the White House door, more important than ever. Some books are great, some books are essential. White Rage is the latter.” – Ed Yong, The Millions
“Truly, I couldn’t put it down. [White Rage] draws a razor-sharp line from the Civil War to Trayvon Martin with all the stops in between. If you want context for . . . the life we’re living in this country right this minute, I urge you to pick up a copy. [Its] 160 pages have the power to change your life.” – Ann Patchett, Parnassus Musing
“Powerful . . . Like a meticulous prosecutor assembling her case, Anderson lays out a profoundly upsetting vision of an America driven to waves of reactionary white anger whenever it’s confronted with black achievement.” – Bookforum
“Bracing . . . It might all seem very conspiratorial and cloak-and-dagger, were it not also true. Reading through all the frightfully inventive ways in which America makes racial inequality a matter of law (and order) has a dizzying effect: like watching a quick-cut montage of social injustice spanning nearly half a millennium.” – The Globe and Mail
“[F]or readers who want to understand the sense of grievance and pain that many African Americans feel today, White Rage offers a clearly written and well-thought-out overview of an aspect of U.S. history with which the country is still struggling to come to terms.” – Foreign Affairs
“Prescient . . . provides necessary perspective on the racial conflagrations in the U.S.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Anderson’s mosaic of white outrage deserves contemplation by anyone interested in understanding U.S. race relations, past and present.” – Library Journal
“[An] engaging, thought-provoking work . . . Anderson’s clear, ardent prose detailing the undermining of America’s stated ideals and democratic norms is required reading for anyone interested in the state of American social discourse.” – Booklist
“Few historians write with the grace, clarity, and intellectual verve Carol Anderson summons in this book. We are tethered to history, and with White Rage, Anderson adeptly highlights both that past and the tenacious grip race holds on the present. There is a handful of writers whose work I consider indispensable. Professor Anderson is high up on that list.” – William Jelani Cobb, author of THE SUBSTANCE OF HOPE
“White Rage is a harrowing account of our national history during the century and a half since the Civil War–even more troubling for what it exposes about our present, our deep and abiding racial divide. This is necessary reading for anyone interested in understanding–and perfecting–our union.” – Natasha Trethewey, Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for NATIVE GUARD and Two-term Poet Laureate of the United States
“To overcome our racial history, Americans must first learn our racial history–as it truly and painfully happened. This powerful book is the place to start.” – David Von Drehle, author of RISE TO GREATNESS: ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND AMERICA’S MOST PERILOUS YEAR.
About the Author
Carol Anderson is professor of African American studies at Emory University. She is the author of many books and articles, including Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960 and Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights: 1944-1955. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.