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Target audience: Social Workers, Psychologists, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors

Course Description, Hours 7

White Rage The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide 7CEs      

“I just finished reading this book recently. Difficult and painful at times, but powerful and informative. I consider myself an educated person and not a racist, but I am astounded at how much I did not know about the depth of systemic racism in our country, as well as many attitudes and beliefs I hold that perpetuate racism. Read with an open mind and you will learn some very interesting things. Extremely timely as our nation continues to grieve more violence against blacks covered in the media on a weekly and sometimes daily basis.” ―Beth Harp, LPC, NCC

“Anderson has shown, with her well-sourced (she has several hundred detailed footnotes) and readable book, why the fights over race and access to the perquisites of American citizenship grind on . . . White Rage lends perspective and insight for those of us who are willing to confront, study and learn from the present situation in this country.” ―St. Louis Dispatch

“Bracing . . . It might all seem very conspiratorial and cloak-and-dagger, were it not also true. Reading through all the frightfully inventive ways in which America makes racial inequality a matter of law (and order) has a dizzying effect: like watching a quick-cut montage of social injustice spanning nearly half a millennium.” ―The Globe and Mail

As Ferguson, Missouri, erupted in August 2014, and media commentators across the ideological spectrum referred to the angry response of African Americans as “black rage,” historian Carol Anderson wrote a remarkable op-ed in the Washington Post showing that this was, instead, “white rage at work. With so much attention on the flames,” she writes, “everyone had ignored the kindling.”

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; the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 triggered a coded but powerful response, the so-called Southern Strategy and the War on Drugs that disenfranchised millions of African Americans while propelling presidents Nixon and Reagan into the White House.

Carefully linking these and other historical flashpoints when social progress for African Americans was countered by deliberate and cleverly crafted opposition, Anderson pulls back the veil that has long covered actions made in the name of protecting democracy, fiscal responsibility, or protection against fraud, rendering visible the long lineage of white rage. Compelling and dramatic in the unimpeachable history it relates, White Rage will add an important new dimension to the national conversation about race in America.

Course Format:
This course contains a link to the book on Amazon, a test, and a study guide. When you’re ready, purchase the course by clicking either the “Buy Now” or the “Take the Course” button below. Once you have read the materials, login and go to “My Profile” to take the quiz and print your certificate for CE credits. A minimum score of 80% is required on the exam in order to be accepted by most state and national boards.

  • Hardcover:256 pages
  • Publisher:Bloomsbury USA (May 31, 2016)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1632864126
  • ISBN-13:978-1632864123

7 CEs

Counts as multicultural, trauma-informed, and social/cultural foundations content.

Target audience: Social Workers, Psychologists, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors

Objectives/What you will learn about:

The participant will be able to identify or demonstrate familiarity with

  • Kindling
  • Reconstructing Reconstruction
  • Derailing the Great Migration
  • Burning Brown to the Ground
  • Rolling Back Civil Rights
  • How to Unelect a Black President
  • Imagine

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