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

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

by Jonathan M. Metzl Author

Throughout history, many lower-income, right-wing, white Americans appear to habitually vote against their own interests. Whether it's the Affordable Care Act, environmental protections, gun control, or social services, this group continues to actively fight against laws and protections that would undeniably improve their quality of life and their community's wellbeing.

In Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America's Heartland, Jonathan Metzl analyzes this trend and exposes how these seemingly cognitively dissonant views are a product of the deep and pervasive racism ingrained in these communities. Jonathan Metzl is the Frederick B Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University and has written extensively on gun control and mental health.