Dying of Whiteness by Jonathan M. Metzl

Dying of Whiteness

A physician reveals how right-wing backlash policies have mortal consequences -- even for the white voters they promise to helpNamed one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by Esquire and the Boston GlobeIn 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-great...

Details Dying of Whiteness

TitleDying of Whiteness
Release DateMar 5th, 2019
PublisherBasic Books
GenrePolitics, Nonfiction, Race, Sociology, History

Reviews Dying of Whiteness

  • Morgan Schulman
    I’ve read over and over about how socialism is not popular in the US because working class Americans identify more with the idea of obtainable wealth than the idea of living in poverty, which they see is embodied by a degenerate “other”. This book really drives it home, when we example after example of poor white men dying young due to lack of access to healthcare who still decry the ACA as they identify more with rich white Republicans who...
  • Karin
    This is a must read. Metzl examines the implications of loose gun control laws, delaying expansion of federal medical programs, and reducing public school funding and how it hurts those white people who support it. Lots of interesting research, and he walks you through his methodology. Books on race and the far right are very popular now, but this one seems to stand out on a unique, and well executed, premise.
  • Paul Womack
    A provocative case study of gun violence, diminished health care and devolution in educational attainment by analysing data from Missouri, Tennessee, and Kansas. His conclusions are challenging in that efforts to maintain a social system based on whiteness, as a political and economic system designed to maintain the illusion of privilege as a non-compromising social good, can work in ways that subvert the very “ideal” being protected. In all ...
  • Laura
    I thought this was very helpful in attempting to understand why lower income whites vote for people like Trump who create policies that hurt these very voters. Using the lenses of gun laws in Missouri, education funding in Kansas, and health care policies in Tennessee, Metzl shares interviews with voters who explain their reasoning along with statistics about how policy changes affected health outcomes. It's sobering to realize "working-class whi...
  • Susan
    Interesting study of three states where conservative doctrine was implemented and the results of these policies. The author examines the changes that took place in Missouri after guns purchases were deregulated and open carry was legalized, the effect of Tennessee's rejection of Medicaid expansion allowed by the ACA, and the effects of Sam Brownback's tax cuts in Kansas. At the end of each section he summarizes research he and his team performed,...
  • Steve Nolan
    Shit got my shook that socialism will not win.(But it will.)
  • Lafayette LLoyd
    Adding it