Carol Anderson, associate professor of African American Studies and history at Emory University, writes in The Washington Post Opinions section that "Ferguson isn’t about black rage against cops. It’s white rage against progress." Ferguson's book Eyes off the Prize: The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955 was the 2004 recipient of SHAFR's Myrna F. Bernath Book Award.
When we look back on what happened in Ferguson, Mo., during the summer of 2014, it will be easy to think of it as yet one more episode of black rage ignited by yet another police killing of an unarmed African American male. But that has it precisely backward. What we’ve actually seen is the latest outbreak of white rage. Sure, it is cloaked in the niceties of law and order, but it is rage nonetheless.