2017 Plummer Lecture:  Carol Anderson

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide

Carol Anderson

October 18, 2017, 5:30 pm

Speaker’s Auditorium, Georgia State University Student Center

44 Courtland St. S.E.

Carol Anderson is the Charles Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Emory University. She will speak on her 2016 best-seller, White Rage: the Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide.

Since 1865 and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, every time African Americans have made advances towards full participation in our democracy, white reaction has fueled a deliberate and relentless rollback of their gains. The end of the Civil War and Reconstruction was greeted with the Black Codes and Jim Crow; the Supreme Court’s landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision was met with the shutting down of public schools throughout the South while taxpayer dollars financed segregated white private schools. More recently, the election of America’s first black President led to the expression of white rage that has been as relentless as it has been brutal. 

Anderson explores these events and more in her book, which won the National Book Critic Circle Award, and was named a New York Times Bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of the Year, the Boston Globe Best Book of 2016, and the Chicago Review of Books Best Book of 2016.

Anderson’s research and teaching focuses on public policy, particularly the ways that domestic and international policies intersect through the issues of race, justice and equality in the United States. She has served as a member of the U.S. State Department’s Historical Advisory Committee, and is currently on the board of directors for the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative.

The lecture is free and open to the public, but the organizers ask that you register at the event page.