We use cookies to enhance your experience on our website. By continuing to use our website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more

Why Are They Angry With Us?

Essays on Race

Larry E. Davis

Publication Date - 01 July 2015

ISBN: 9780190615871

150 pages
6.6 x 9.1 inches

In Stock


Now, more than at any time since the 1960s, issues about race have taken center stage in America. From the killing of young black boys, to the travesty of mass incarceration, America is every day presented with evidence that the struggle for equality and justice is far from over. This book responds to many of the timely, sensitive, and often uncomfortable conversations that are taking place on our television screens, the front page of newspapers, on Twitter, and in homes around the country.

Why Are They Angry With Us? attempts to resolve the questions and conflicts about race in America that have plagued our country from the days of Jim Crow, through the battle for civil rights, and remain with us today. The author's personal journey and his professional scholarship have lead him to an understanding of our collective history. This collection of eight essays relates racial incidents and observations to address the deep misunderstandings our country holds about race and attempt to explain the workings of race and racism in America. These essays attack the core of many commonly held attitudes which contribute to racism in America.


  • Content includes mix of social science theory and author's personal experience
  • Engages readers with jargon-free, easy-to-understand language
  • Addresses important discourse about race including prison, immigration, individual identity, and inter-psychic topics

About the Author(s)

Larry E. Davis, MA, MSW, PhD, is the dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, where he is the Donald M. Henderson Professor. He is the director and founder of the Center on Race and Social Problems, which conducts applied social science research on race, ethnicity, and color.

From 1977 until his arrival at the University of Pittsburgh in 2001, Davis was a faculty member at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he was professor of social work and psychology and the holder of the E. Desmond Lee Chair in Ethnic and Racial Diversity. Davis was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. Some of his publications have appeared in the Journal of Adolescent Research, Social Work, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Black Psychology, Journal of Educational
Psychology, and Social Work Research. Davis is also the coeditor in chief of the Encyclopedia of Social Work, 20th edition and founder and chairman of the editorial board of the journal Race and Social Problems (Springer Publications).

In addition, he is the founder and leader of REAP, a consortium of race, ethnicity, and poverty centers from across the United States. He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, Council on Social Work Education, Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), and the Inter-University Consortium for International Social Development (IUCISD).


"Why Are They Angry with Us is written so engagingly, it is sure to reach people that would otherwise ignore it. This book is well grounded in academic perspective and it's so important to confront these myths and explain them through theory and evidence. " - Jacqueline B. Mondros, SUNY Stony Brook University

Table of Contents

    1 Introduction
    2 Whites in the Family
    3 Why Are They Angry with Us?
    4 Internalized Racism: The Enemy Within
    5 Exodus from Paradise
    6 Why Can't Blacks Be Like Immigrants?
    7 Do You Know Anyone in Prison?
    8 Racial Identity