"Jonathan M. Metzl draws on his dual acuity as physician and social scientist to help make sense of the urgent issue of our time: how individuals not only act against their self-interests, but also support policies that contribute to their own early demise. A threadbare social safety net, further unraveled by virulent racism, has given way to an ailing body politic. Empathetic and poignant, (his) vital work exposes how an investment in whiteness works to the deficit of us all.
― Alondra Nelson, Columbia University and Social Science Research Council
"Jonathan M. Metzl brilliantly illuminates the shocking ways that white supremacy, through backlash governance, kills white people too. Moving deftly between mountains of data and compelling storytelling, (he) makes a vital contribution to our national conversation about racism and its discontents. Metzl uncovers the contemporary paradox of whiteness: a struggle to preserve white privilege in the midst of the declining value of whiteness."
― Dorian Warren, President, Community Change, and Co-Chair, Economic Security Project
“Policy makers, scholars, and the public at large need to read Metzl’s Dying of Whiteness. He forcefully but with empathy demonstrates how poor and working-class whites are literally killing themselves by supporting polices on guns, health care, and taxes framed as defending white authority but which, in truth, benefit the white elite.”
— Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, James B. Duke Professor of Sociology, Duke University
"Dying of Whiteness unveils how the very policies marketed to white people as 'making America great again' end up harming the well-being of whites as a demographic group. This is must reading for anyone interested in understanding the current racial landscape of the United States."
― Jelani Cobb, Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism, Columbia Journalism School