Monday, April 29, 2019

White nationalist demonstration disrupts reading of Metzl's book "Dying of Whiteness" in DC

A book reading at the Connecticut Ave. bookstore for “Politics and Prose” was interrupted Saturday April 27, 2019 by a brief demonstration by what appeared to be a small group of white nationalists, WTOP reports.

The event was the “National Antiracist Book Festival”. 

The book was Jonathan M. Metzl’s “Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America’s Heartland”, from Basic Books, 320 pages.

The book rails at the tribalism on the new right, with the science denial and poor individual choices, that oddly parallels similar tribalism on the extreme left.  From reports, the book would seem to encourage more personal intellectual responsibility of the Jordan Peterson kind.

Marissa J. Lang has an account of the protest, with the bookstore near Comet Ping Pong, here.  The "trade homeland for handouts" meme is rather striking.

Update:  See also the previews of DiAngelo's book, similar ideas, April 21, 2019 and Sept. 16, 2018. 

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