American Whitelash by Wesley Lowery

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Wes Lowery explores the roots of the surges in white supremacist violence this country has experienced. His central premise is that each step America has taken toward a more racially just society has sparked a backlash. One recent case in point: Barack Obama’s election as president helped incite the xenophobia and racial animus of the Trump years. Lowery’s book isn’t meant to be a comprehensive history of white resentment in America but rather, as he says at the outset, to put human faces on the relentless cycle of racial violence. It focuses on six particular cases of white racial violence—four from during Obama’s presidency and two from Trump’s. This is an unsettling and important book by one of the most experienced journalists covering issues of race and justice in America today.

American Whitelash: A Changing Nation and the Cost of Progress By Wesley Lowery Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358393269
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Published: Mariner Books - June 27th, 2023