What's the Matter with White People? by Joan Walsh
Finding Our Way in the Next America

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A CLEAR-EYED, COGENT CLARION CALL FOR ENDING THE DIVISIVE CLASS WARS THAT THREATEN THE AMERICAN MIDDLE-CLASS DREAM

In What’s the Matter with White People? Walsh argues that the biggest divide in America today is based not on party or ideology but on two competing explanations for why middle-class stability has been shaken since the 1970s. One side sees an America that has spent the last forty years bankrupting the country by providing benefits for the underachieving, the immoral, and the undeserving—no matter the cost to the majority of Americans. The other side sees an America that has spent the last forty years catering to the wealthy while allowing only a nominal measure of progress for the downtrodden.

Using her extended Irish-Catholic working-class family as a case in point and explaining her own political coming-of-age, Walsh shows how liberals unwittingly collaborated in the “us versus them” narrative and how the GOP’s renewed culture war now scapegoats segments of its own white demographic.

Part memoir, part political history, What’s the Matter with White People? is essential reading to combat political and cultural polarization and to build a more just and prosperous multiracial America in the years to come.

WITH A NEW AFTERWORD
 

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JOAN WALSH is editor at large of Salon and an MSNBC political analyst. She spent six years as Salon's editor in chief.
 
Published July 30, 2012 by Wiley. 289 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Salon

There are two competing stories: Union leaders were racist, sexist dinosaurs, who were hostile to the new politics of women and minorities that was opening up, or else those dirty hippies and feminists and black power people hijacked the Democratic Party, deliberately left out the white working c...

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Salon

(But former Joe Biden economic advisor Jared Bernstein laid out a way to raise $1 trillion in revenue without even touching tax rates, and it’s worth a look.) The GOP insists that closing tax loopholes must be paid for with a cut in tax rates, so the plan can stay “revenue neutral” – which is cen...

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Salon

As a co-founder of the National Organization for Women in 1966 (“for” women, not “of” women, because she was committed to cooperation with men), she demanded paid maternity leave and tax breaks for child care along with abortion rights in the organization’s early charter.

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Salon

In December Boehner told the New Yorker that raising the debt ceiling would be the new House majority’s “first really big adult moment,” adding, “We’ll have to find a way to help educate members and help people understand the serious problem that would exist if we didn’t do it.” For his part Obam...

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Salon

Mexico was hit by the one-two punch of twin storms over the weekend, and the storm that soaked Acapulco on Sunday - Manuel -re-formed into a tropical storm Wednesday, threatening to bring more flooding to the country's northern coast.

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Salon

Earlier that day Real Clear Politics writer Sean Trende had written a piece wondering about “disappearing” white voters, claiming white voter turnout had dropped significantly, by roughly 7 million votes, as whites rejected both parties.

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Salon

Colorado’s Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper told CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that stricter gun control measures wouldn’t prevent “acts of evil,” adding, “If there were no assault weapons available and no this or no that, this guy is going to find something, right?” It’s a little bit s...

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Salon

The study authors (as do I) take for granted that it matters — it would be a good thing — if whites embrace diversity and multicultural initiatives, whether in schools, workplaces and community groups, and they therefore suggest that people designing such programs consider that “whites’ reactions...

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Salon

The latest Rasmussen poll, whose results typically favor Republicans, shows that almost 60 percent of voters disapprove of Walker’s moves, and it had a few more highlights: 77 percent have a favorable opinion of Wisconsin teachers, and of voters with school-age children, two-thirds disapprove of ...

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Salon

The same impulses that caused me to be concerned about racial justice for black people caused me, later in life, to become more sympathetic to white working-class people and poor people.

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The American Conservative

Just maybe, there might arise an Israeli interest in a genuine two state solution that rivaled that of the Palestinian Authority, which has stated again and again readiness to make peace with Israel with a state on 22 percent of the land of the Palestine Mandate.

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Salty Eggs

When Nixon distracted the white working class by acknowledging their alienation and rage, he created in-fighting that led to, as Walsh puts it, “a battle of everyone against everyone, all for none and none for all.” Republicans have used racism and cultural intimidation to convince people that th...

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