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'American Poison' Aims To Show How Race Is At The Root Of U.S. Problems

Journalist Eduardo Porter has written a book that cuts to the root of racism, tracing it from slavery, Jim Crow, and segregation — and bringing it to today — with unblinking honesty and facts.
American Poison: How Racial Hostility Destroyed Our Promise, by Eduardo Porter Source: Knopf

When journalist Eduardo Porter moved to Los Angeles in the 90s and started writing about the city, he realized race was everywhere — and that it determined "where you go to school, church, or work; how you dress and talk; whom you marry; how you fare when you run into the cops."

That realization became the seed of his latest book, American Poison: How Racial Hostility Destroyed Our Promise.

The book explores how racial boundaries shape American institutions and traces the history of the

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