White Rage, The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson; 2016; $26.00; 246 pages; Bloomsbury, New York, NY; 978-1-63286-412-3; checked out from Multnomah County Library,Woodstock; 6/6/17-6/14/17
“The trigger for white rage, inevitably, is black advancement. It is not the mere presence of black people that is the problem; rather, it is blackness with ambition, with drive, with purpose, with aspirations, and with demands for full and equal citizenship. It is blackness that refuses to accept subjugation, to give up. A formidable array of policy assaults and legal contortions has consistently punished black resilience, black resolve.”
Why did I read this? The main reason I read non fiction is to learn. Here I am trying to learn more about a group of people that I did not have much contact with growing up. I can remember one mixed guy I knew growing up. In my three years in High School I only remember three African Americans. I am always trying to learn more.
The quote at the top is the authors definition of white rage. I think white rage anymore is not violent but more subtle and couched carefully, although with the election of the Grand Wizard Cheeto it is getting more violent again. There are many subtle forms of racism and prejudice, we need to engage more with one one another, seeking to learn the stories of others. I looked back at my life and many of the things I thought I did on my own were accomplished with the help of many others. We often seem to look at ourselves as individuals than as a part of a collective, I think people of color tend to think of themselves as more of a collective.