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Dying of Whiteness
Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland | Jonathan M. Metzl
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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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DyAnne
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Very good. Very depressing.

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DyAnne
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my New Year‘s Eve plans: 📚 + 🍋🍺

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This book is a must read. It‘s full of data, studies, and commentary. It‘s an important book.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Darn you Audible! Picked up some new listens—with strong recommendations from friends—that look terrific. Can‘t complain about the price for over 40 hours of listening, either.

#bookhaul #audiblesale #holidayshoppingformyself

Samplergal I have all three on my wish list! Enjoy! 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Samplergal Hey, you have good taste in books! 🤣🤣 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Just realized this is kind of a #NFNov post ... am I right? @rsteve388 ? 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen I‘m sure your review was part of why I picked it up! 4w
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PedanticPastorMartha
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Divide and conquer—or, cutting off your nose to spite your face.

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Izai.Amorim
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This is such a good book. It deals with three topics: guns, health care, and tax cuts followed by the slashing of government services. In all three, the depressingly similar causes and outcomes. It helps to understand - and to accept. Things are not going to change anytime soon. By the way, if you extrapolate a little, the core issues exist in Europe as well. Brexit is a distant cousin. So is the resurgence of right-wing nationalism in Germany.

BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m very anxious to read this. Thanks for the strong review! 5mo
LauraBeth I thought this was a great interview with John Le Carré (from a couple of years ago but I still think about it) about global politics and the influences shaping them right now. You can see the thread with what is happening to the west: https://www.npr.org/2017/12/28/572625559/novelist-john-le-carr-reflects-on-his-o... 5mo
Izai.Amorim @LauraBeth Thanks! I especially enjoyed this quote, " ...Oligarchs in the West who are so far to the right that they make a kind of natural cause with those in Russia. Both have in common a great contempt for the ordinary conduct of democracy. They want to diminish it. They see it as their enemy. They've made a dirty word of liberalism - one of the most inviting words in politics. They're closing in on the same target from different points of view."

from different points of view.
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Suet624 I don't want to read this but I guess I should. :) I'm so upset by where we all are right now. 4mo
Izai.Amorim @Suet624 Well, it's a depressing reading but somehow it sets you free. Call it resignation or surrender, you stop expecting and hoping that meaningful change in these matters will happen in the near future. Like Moses in the desert, we have to wait until the old generation is replaced by the new one. It will take a few decades. I feel very sorry for the innocent victims but I can't help them. 4mo
kspenmoll Great review. I have been reading a book that explores similar topics but in the light of immigration- the author compares Youngstown Ohio & a similar district in London, whose loss of industrial jobs has deeply affected their political views. (edited) 4mo
kspenmoll @Suet624 Take care of you- I think you know what exists in out country/world 4mo
kspenmoll Wanted to tell you that at HS we played & discussed Greta Thurberg‘s UN speech. These were freshman & they told us they had to act. My son is 24 & he is galvanized as well. He worries it is too late. 4mo
Izai.Amorim @kspenmoll I love Greta. She‘s like an angel of God sent to warn us. I hope she succeeds. If not, can‘t imagine what else‘s we could do. It‘s way too late but better start now than never. I was very active in the climate change issues years ago. Got tired of preaching in the wilderness. You can change your behavior but that‘s not enough if a few billion people don‘t. And all the damage done for profit of a few... Sums up human history, doesn‘t it? (edited) 4mo
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JackieSmith
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My TBR for today.

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A busy week, but at least tomorrow‘s Friday! Got my running and yoga in, and finished the tagged book, which was pretty good. Just a little less than one week left of my first year as a school librarian. Having a workout routine will be good to keep me grounded during my month off. #BFC #BookFitnessChallenge

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 7mo
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8little_paws
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Congressional ban on funding research on the health impact of firearms. Wow.

MicheleinPhilly Yep. It reminds me of when I was picking psych thesis topics in undergrad. I wanted to pick something that was happening on campus and my advisor told me that I couldn‘t because “if you present evidence indicating this problem is evident, you are ethically bound to take steps to address the problem through treatment and/or prevention.” 🎯🎯🎯 10mo
kspenmoll Yup. 10mo
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