White Rage : The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide
Distinguished educator (Emory University), author and historian Carol Anderson turns our attention from widely scrutinized angry responses of black Americans to the injustices heaped upon them to focus on understanding the insidious, deliberate and exacting machinations of whites in power to push back and undo most of the progress gained by African Americans from the Civil War to the present. From the Black Codes and Jim Crow, through efforts to thwart the Great Migration, and the passage of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments, blacks have struggled to fully participate as citizens. Landmark civil rights legislation has been met with swift and calculated counter-measures to essentially roll back or undermine expected progress toward social justice. The so-called Republican "Southern Strategy" and the CIA's disgraceful role in Reagan's "War On Drugs" have led to the New Jim Crow with disenfranchising incarceration of millions of black American men. This is a compelling, eye-opening, and essential book, which provides the in-depth background facts for today's difficult conversations about racial justice and understanding of the vitriolic rhetoric which fills the evening news.
Carolyn Anderson says "it is time to rethink America" in her insightful, challenging new book, which expands on her Washington Post article " "Ferguson isn't about black rage against cops. It's white rage against progress."