Emory professor to explore concept of white rage


Carol Anderson, an Emory University professor and author, will discuss white rage and its role in history during the Donia Human Rights Center Distinguished Lecture.

Beginning at 4 p.m. Jan. 18 in 1010 Weiser Hall, the presentation is free and open to the public.

Carol Anderson

Anderson will discuss her recent book, “White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide,” which is a New York Times bestseller and recently won a National Book Critics Circle Award.

In her book, Anderson argues that historically, whenever African Americans made significant advances toward gaining equal rights, “white reaction” fueled a rollback of these achievements.

This phenomenon, she argues, can be seen throughout U.S. history, such as the installation of Jim Crow after the Civil War and Reconstruction, and the birth of the Southern Strategy and War on Drugs after the passage of the Civil Rights of Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University. Besides “White Rage,” she is the author of “Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African-American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955” and “Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960.”

Her research has garnered fellowships and grants from several organizations, including the American Council of Learned Societies, the Ford Foundation, National Humanities Center and Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center.

Anderson was a member of the U.S. State Department’s Historical Advisory Committee and is on the board of directors for the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative.

“We hope our university community will be engaged and learn from the extensive experiences and scholarship on human rights from Carol Anderson,” said Kiyoteru Tsutsui, director of the Donia Human Rights Center.


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