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A history (and present) of White rage in the face of Black advancement.


It's not the Klan burning a cross on the front yard, it's not the noose around the tree - instead it's masked under the language of fiscal restraint, balanced budgets, the integrity of the ballot box. All of it sounds rational, but you pull back a layer and it is teeming with the policies of racism, of disenfranchisement, of stripping human beings of their rights.

Historian Carol Anderson surveys the politics of White rage - a series of reactionary policy responses to Black advancement - and explains how the methods and language of racism in politics shifted after the Civil Rights era, masking themselves as concerns of economics and vote integrity, setting the stage for the massive Black-focused disenfranchisement policies of incarceration and vote suppression we see in America today.

Carol is author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide from Bloomsbury.

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Carol Anderson

Carol Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University.


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