White Rage - Carol Anderson

White Rage

By Carol Anderson

  • Release Date: 2016-05-31
  • Genre: United States
Score: 4.5
From 23 Ratings


National Book Critics Circle Award Winner
New York Times Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of the Year
A Boston Globe Best Book of 2016
A Chicago Review of Books Best Nonfiction Book of 2016

From the Civil War to our combustible present, acclaimed historian Carol Anderson reframes our continuing conversation about race, chronicling the powerful forces opposed to black progress in America.

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 suggesting that this was, instead, "white rage at work. With so much attention on the flames," she argued, "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, and then the election of America's first black President, led to the expression of white rage that has been as relentless as it has been brutal.

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.


  • Raw American History

    By CanadianQueen76
    American History as learned in schools left much to be desired. The best history is told from all angles and not in a way to brainwash people for generations. America has a lot to atone for and the sooner the better. Great read...
  • Eye opener

    By Brooklynbookworm
    Fantastic, fresh, important
  • White Rage

    By Fruit ninja adict
    Wonderful book about how blacks in American still in the 21 century have to fight for equality everyday.
  • Essential History

    By Kaishalovesbooks
    This is painful to read, but essential to remember.
  • Save Your Money & Your Sanity

    By bluesman 007
    Warmed over biased, subjective tripe at its best. What a load of red meat for hungry left wing lemmings! This rant could have been phoned in on Rachel Maddow show. A search party should be convened to hunt for objectivity. Verbal flatulance dressed up as artsy exposition...