Whitelash

Whitelash

Summary

In 2008, Barack Obama's historic victory was heralded as a turning point for the USA. And so it would be-just not in the way that most Americans hoped. The election of the nation's first Black president fanned long-burning embers of white supremacy, igniting a new and frightening phase in a historical American cycle of racial progress and white backlash.

In Whitelash, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Wesley Lowery charts the return of this blood-stained trend, showing how the forces of white power retaliated against Obama's victory-and both profited from, and helped to propel, the rise of Donald Trump.
Interweaving deep historical analysis with gripping firsthand reporting on both victims and perpetrators of violence, Lowery uncovers how this vicious cycle is entering into ever more perilous territory, and how the country still might find a route of escape.

About the author

Wesley Lowery

Wesley Lowery is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a national correspondent for CBS News and 60 Minutes, and the author of They Can't Kill Us All. Previously, he was a national correspondent for the Washington Post and the paper's lead reporter covering race, justice, law enforcement and the Black Lives Matter protest movement. He lives in the Washington, DC area.
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