Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland

Written by:
Jonathan M. Metzl
Narrated by:
Jamie Renell

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2019
9 hours 43 minutes
A physician reveals how right-wing backlash policies have mortal consequences -- even for the white voters they promise to help

Named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by Esquire and the Boston Globe

In the era of Donald Trump, many lower- and middle-class white Americans are drawn to politicians who pledge to make their lives great again. But as Dying of Whiteness shows, the policies that result actually place white Americans at ever-greater risk of sickness and death.

Physician Jonathan M. Metzl's quest to understand the health implications of 'backlash governance' leads him across America's heartland.Interviewing a range of everyday Americans, he examines how racial resentment has fueled progun laws in Missouri, resistance to the Affordable Care Act in Tennessee, and cuts to schools and social services in Kansas. And he shows these policies' costs: increasing deaths by gun suicide, falling life expectancies, and rising dropout rates. White Americans, Metzl argues, must reject the racial hierarchies that promise to aid them but in fact lead our nation to demise.
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Holly J.

As an African-American/Black woman, this read was very insightful and mind-boggling. I would assume the same or amplified sentiments by white Americans who choose to embark on the journey of this book. It is life-enhancing and life-giving to be educated, knowledgeable, and have awareness which includes the continued expansion of new awarenesses about things you naively believed. Ibram X. Kendi gives the analogy of being rained on and needing an umbrella because you are wet or even drenched, but you do not feel or know it. If you want to awaken to how wet you are and grab an umbrella, add this book to your read list.

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