You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myAJC.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myAJC.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myAJC.com.

Author and Emory prof Carol Anderson on “white rage”


Mike Brown, an unarmed black man is shot and killed by a white police officer.

Philandro Castile is fatally shot by a Minnesota police officer, his death caught on Facebook Live by his girlfriend.

When African-Americans protest, it’s labeled as “black rage,” said Emory University professor Carol Anderson, author of “White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide”. That view, though, doesn’t adequately answer why people are protesting in the streets, said Anderson, the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of African-American Studies.

Instead, she argues, Americans need to examine the “kindling” that ignited the flames in the first place.

Each time there have been significant gains by African Americans, such as the election of President Barak Obama, of there is a struggle for equal treatment, there is a white backlash, usually in the form of legislation, and when racial and class tensions are high, flames can erupt.

Anderson will speak and and sign copies of her book at 5:30 p.m. today at the Atlanta University Center’s Robert W. Woodruff Library. 111 James P. Brawley Dr. S.W.

There’s renewed interest in the book, which was published earlier this year, is wake of additional shootings of black men by law enforcement and the divisive presidential campaign.

The book explores the history of race in America through the lens of the laws passed to address racial injustices and the subsequent pushback by angry whites.

So, why are whites so angry?

“Part of it is there is a demographic sense that the nation they thought of as theirs -where they had sole access to the resources and rights, such as the right to vote, the right to a fair trial- that there’s this sense that things are changing in a way that the nation they knew is disappearing before their very eyes,” said Anderson, who is also the author of “Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African-American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955.”

“When they say ‘we want to make America great again’,” she said. “Ask the question, when was that? “

Was it when blacks were enslaved, she asks. Or was it when blacks and women couldn’t vote?

“The election of Barak Obama unleashed forces that had been coagulating in American society,” said Anderson.

Anderson’s address is part of a lecture series to encourage students to be socially conscience and involved in the conversation. The program is in support of “Start Something: Activism and the Atlanta Student Movement,” which runs through May 22, 2017.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Living

The man behind mic stands used by Prince, other artists
The man behind mic stands used by Prince, other artists

Jay Dozer followed his older brother into metal work, but while his big bro went on to make top dollar for Toyota, Jay made custom microphone stands for Prince. His shop, Metaldozer, sits unobtrusively at the back part of a business complex in Duluth, bordered by a parking lot for buses on one side and Buford Highway on the other. A garage door opens...
Midtown condo's artwork rivaled only by its view of the city
Midtown condo's artwork rivaled only by its view of the city

Stephen Wells’ collection of contemporary artwork seems like it was selected just for his modern condo in Midtown. He actually began acquiring the photography and paintings well before he moved into the former model unit in 1065 Midtown earlier this year. He live in a house in north Buckhead for nearly 20 years, but bought the condo for a more...
Theater review: Aurora’s heightened ‘Mountaintop’ takes a low road
Theater review: Aurora’s heightened ‘Mountaintop’ takes a low road

Once the show’s protagonist lights the first of several cigarettes he smokes over the course of the following 90-odd minutes, it’s a fair sign that this isn’t going to be a traditional portrait of the iconic character — who happens to be none other than the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Katori Hall’s “The Mountaintop&rdquo...
GPB airing John Lewis documentary Feb. 10
GPB airing John Lewis documentary Feb. 10

NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 19: Congressman/Civil Rights Icon John Lewis views for the first time images and his arrest record for leading a nonviolent sit-in at Nashville’s segreated lunch counters, March 5, 1963.
Radiohead will return to Atlanta in April

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Radiohead will return to Atlanta this spring for its first show here since 2012. The British band announced nine tour dates on Tuesday, including a 7:30 p.m. April 1 stop at Philips Arena. Tickets for the show are $45.50-$85.50 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 20 via the venue box office, www.ticketmaster.com...
More Stories