Course Description

Participants will explore the book White Rage by Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Emory University, Carol Anderson. Starting with Reconstruction and working through Obama’s presidency, Anderson argues that every time African Americans have made full participation in our democracy, white reaction has fueled a deliberate, relentless rollback of any gains. She specifically distinguishes between the individual acts of hatred and racism that often dominate discussions of race and ongoing systemic oppression which prevents African Americans from full participatory citizenship.

Learner Outcomes

By the end of the course participants will have:

  • Explored the systemic, tactical responses that arise in opposition to moments of progress for African-Americans throughout U.S. history
  • Engaged with others to discuss the historical and current manifestations of African-American oppression and resistance
  • Identified social norms and beliefs that contribute to and justify the perpetuation of legalized discrimination
  • Applied what they have learned to create a call to action for change around this issue


The online book studies are offered to anyone who has a sincere interest to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the systemic issues that plague the USA around race, class and marginalized groups and who care deeply about social justice. Each book study addresses current issues in society and allow opportunities for participants to reflect, discuss and hear multiple perspectives that can lead to greater understanding and empathy.

Online course only. Web access Required. This course is hosted on Moodle, students will be automatically enrolled once payment is processed. Course materials are provided unless listed otherwise. Students must have access to a computer with high-speed Internet access. Not recommended for iPad-only access. Internet Explorer does not support Moodle and is not recommended. Students are asked to login into online environment using, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. YouTube videos might not display on Opera or Internet Explorer. Some videos require Adobe Flash Player.

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Section Title
Book Study: White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide
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Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (1 units) $210.00
Available for Credit
1 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Must Be Purchased Separately:

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with Epoch Education

Course is self-paced. Completion time: 6 weeks.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.


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