Review: White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

Title: White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

Author: Carol Anderson

Narrator: Pamela Gibson

Genre: Nonfiction

Length: 6 hours 5 min

5 stars - I loved it!
5 stars – I loved it!

“White rage is not about visible violence, but rather it works its way through the courts, the legislatures, and a range of government bureaucracies. It wreaks havoc subtly, almost imperceptibly. Too imperceptibly, certainly, for a nation consistently drawn to the spectacular—to what it can see. It’s not the Klan. White rage doesn’t have to wear sheets, burn crosses, or take to the streets. Working the halls of power, it can achieve its ends far more effectively, far more destructively.”

White Rage chronicles the oppressed history of black progress in America from the Civil War to the present. Focusing on the institutional and systemic racism in America’s history, this book holds nothing back about how white rage has repeatedly done everything it can to subjugate black Americans. 

This book is a hard hitting and informative read. While I have read other books about racism in this county, this book really dug deeper into the laws that were put into place to control Black Americanns. I really learned a lot about legislation and voting laws that was used, and is still being used today, against Black Americans. If you don’t understand why there is so much uproar over the current voting issues in the South, I highly suggest you read this book because it will explain it perfectly. 

“The truth is, white rage has undermined democracy, warped the Constitution, weakened the nation’s ability to compete economically, squandered billions of dollars on baseless incarceration, rendered an entire region sick, poor, and woefully undereducated, and left cities nothing less than decimated. All this havoc has been wrecked simply because African Americans wanted to work, get an education, live in decent communities, raise their families, and vote. Because they were unwilling to take no for an answer.”

Overall, this is a very educational and eye opening read. It wasn’t an easy one but education isn’t always easy. I highly recommend this book if you want to understand racism, especially when it comes to institutional and systemic racism. 


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