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White Rage: A Chapter-by-Chapter Book Discussion

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until Tuesday, February 23, 2021


Members & guests–free. This series is now full. To be added to the wait list, please scroll down. Members will be informed if a spot becomes available. The day before the discussion, registered attendees will receive a confirmation email with a link to join via Zoom.

As James Baldwin said repeatedly, Black people have a race problem and White people have a race problem, but it’s not the same problem. Black people, of necessity, spend a lot of time and energy dealing with their race problem. White people need to do their own work by coming to terms with their own history. A very concise and useful overview of that history is White Rage (2016). The author is Dr. Carol Anderson, the Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Emory University. Dr. Anderson describes in plain language the history of White people’s undermining and ultimately reversing every step towards progress made by Black people since the end of the Civil War – Reconstruction, the Great Migration, the Civil Rights movement, the Great Society, each leap forward was followed by many steps back.

For this series, join Village member Mel Washburn in a chapter-by-chapter read-along and discussion of White Rage. During each session, we will use the information presented in each chapter to critically re-examine the course of U.S. history as we have thought we understood it. At the end of each class, we will decide on 2 or 3 such topics regarding which we each will do some independent reading and thinking before the next class, when we will complete our discussion of that chapter and begin discussing the next one. Space is limited!



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Wednesday, January 13, 2021
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm


Chicago, IL United States
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