White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

Payton Margenau

America is in somewhat of a tumultuous state. 2020 has both been chaotic and a year of suffering, with Black people disproportionately affected. From the murder of George Floyd to the mysterious death of Quawan Charles, we have seen a side of the US that was shoved under the table years prior. With more of a focus on systematic racism and police brutality, I would like to draw attention to a book that shows a perspective that we rarely get to see. 

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, explores our current and past societies’ mannerisms towards Black people. The author, Carol Anderson, starts by exploring the Reconstruction Era and moves forwards through the decades until she reached President Obama’s election. More specifically, the first two chapters drew my attention. They were on Reconstruction and the Great Migration, which I had never heard of until I started to read. 

This book arguably taught me more about Black history than any class ever has. It gave me insight on things that I had never considered before, such as the racism of popular historical figures like President Lincoln. The history that was taught to us was whitewashed. Sure, we learned about slavery and about the Jim Crow laws, but no one ever told us the extent of the brutality that Black people have faced. Carol Anderson is not afraid to explore the unpopular truths of America. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about Black history and history in general. I would also recommend this book to people who want to challenge the narrative that was written for us. I encourage you to pick up this book and learn about the privilege the majority of Americans hold. I will warn you that some of the scenes in this book are not for the faint of heart, some of the stories this book contains are grotesque. But, the violence depicted is necessary for readers to understand the raw pain that Black Americans were forced (and still are forced) to endure.