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

Category: Sociology
Author: Jonathan M. Metzl
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by res0nat0r   2019-08-24

Yes, that is the dominating factor. It was measured after the 2016 election the biggest indicator if you were going to vote for Trump was racial resentment. No 'economic anxiety' or other nonsense. Sure you might have 'anxiety' your job left town, but you blame non white people for that as the underlying cause.


Also I'm reading this very good book right now that goes into this very subject and analyses the data: https://www.amazon.com/Dying-Whiteness-Politics-Resentment-Heartland/dp/1541644980

> 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.



> Early in his book, “Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America’s Heartland,” physician and social scientist Jonathan M. Metzl introduces a Tennessee man named Trevor. Trevor is 41 and dying of liver disease. He lives in a low-income housing facility and he doesn’t have health insurance.

> “Had Trevor lived a simple thirty-nine minute drive away in neighboring Kentucky, he might have topped the list of candidates for expensive medications called polymerase inhibitors, a life-saving liver transplant, or other forms of treatment and support,” Metzl writes. But Tennessee officials repeatedly blocked efforts to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

> But Trevor is not mad at the state’s elected officials. “Ain’t no way I would ever support Obamacare or sign up for it,” he tells Metzl. “I would rather die.” When Metzl prods him about why he’d choose death over affordable health care, Trevor’s answer is telling. “We don’t need any more government in our lives. And in any case, no way I want

by currently-on-toilet   2019-08-24

I think the poster was pretty spot on.

Here's a book that discusses, at length, white identity

by e4gleeye   2019-08-24

I have not read it, but this book seem to be recommended if you want to try understand the mind of white far right. Might be close enough?


by low_selfie_steam   2019-07-21

The life expectancy for white males in America has gone down for several years in a row. Upon closer examination, it turns out the causes of death that have brought about this are "deaths of despair." Alcohol related deaths, suicide, opiate-addiction related deaths. Here's one book that has examined the problem:




This is unprecedented in a thriving society, and it is a very big deal, sociologically speaking. What I mean is, sociologists really want to understand why it's happening, so they study it. Is that wrong, to study a phenomenon that is remarkable and probably indicative of something deeply interesting and serious about our culture?


Okay, so they have been studying it, and they have found, guess what! that white males in America are in despair and they are angry. Relative to previous years and relative to other demographics. So is it wrong to study this more and try to understand *why* it's happening? And if it's not wrong to do that, why is it inaccurate or wrong to call the study "angry white men" since that's exactly what is being studied?

by Infidel8   2019-07-21

The book Dying of Whiteness by Jonathan Metzl, the author they interrupted, is excellent. If you don't want to bother reading the whole thing, he did a good podcast with Chris Hayes where he breaks down the main points.

by jorgeLaPuerta   2019-07-21


Couldn’t find any more info about the book though, are you sure that’s the right title?

edit: Here’s the book, never heard of it before but now it’s on my radar. Wonder if white nationalists have heard of the Streisand effect