Jim asked:

Seems like the author's idea of "everyday Americans" is "white people"?

Kumari de Silva Yes, I do feel the intended audience is other white people who wonder why poor Midwestern whites vote Republican and contrary to their own needs.

And although I am not all the way done with the book from the first half I would say is one weakness of the premise is that the author fails to note the people in charge, i.e. the rich white politicians, the makers and distributors of guns, the leaders of the NRA, the designers of the opioid crises - - many of them were white too, and what about those people ? They do not seem to be dying of whiteness. . .

The book does bring up some interesting and very, very sad points - nothing new, but very sad ones such as: many of these poor whites vote against their own best interest because they are motived by hatred of people whom they perceive as "other" When you think about the fact that these poor Midwestern whites are literally, actually, physically dying, dying horrible deaths, rather than see the "others" as not so bad, that's pretty sad
Diana Rossi I heard about it through a group Pachamama Global Alliance, we are reading White Fragility and will have book discussions online about it. So much to read and absorb. Now is the time to understand why people are the way they are. Our country is so divided and it is breaking America apart.
Janet That is not the point at all, the book is about the bad decisions of every day WHITE Americans.
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