White rage recurs in American history. It exploded after the Civil War, erupted again to undermine the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision and took on its latest incarnation with Barack Obama’s ascent to the White House. For every action of African American advancement, there’s a reaction, a backlash.
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Carol Anderson is the author of“Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960. She is an associate professor of African American studies and history at Emory University and a public voices fellow with the Op-Ed Project.