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Writer Carol Anderson Says White Rage Is Dividing Us

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A man walks with an upside down flag in a protest on Aug. 18, 2014 for Michael Brown, who was killed by police Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. The shooting sparked more than week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb.

In her book White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, writer Carol Anderson argues that the threat of black advancement is what fuels white rage.

Ferguson, Missouri, became a flashpoint for nationwide protests after the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer. According to Anderson, the media reporting on Ferguson focused on black rage and clashes between the black community and police. In an op-ed in the Washington Post, Anderson makes the case that this was, instead, "white rage at work."

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss her book are writer and Professor of African-American studies at Emory University Carol Anderson; and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Manager of Program Initiatives Christopher Miller.

Tune in to Cincinnati Edition August 20 at 1 p.m. to hear this segment.