Walter F. White is one of my heroes! The man was crazy brave!!! I first ran across his name when doing research for a month our book clubs were focusing on Black Lives Matter. I was astounded that he is not a household name, he should be right up there with Malcolm X and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.
Why, you might ask? Read this book and you will probably agree with me. Walter F. White was fair skinned, could easily be seen as white. He went south to document the lynchings, blended in to take back north a record of the cruelty. Lynching and hanging are not exactly the same thing, with lynchings they often included torture and mutilation. White made sure there was a record. There were times he barely escaped. Make no mistake, his life was on the line, a cruel death all to possible. He did his best in conversations with Presidents FDR and Truman to make progress on anti lynching legislation. To be that brave, to make sure the victims did not die unnoticed, White should surely be well known and respected.
I hope everyone reads White Lies!— Deon Stonehouse
A riveting biography of Walter F. White, a little-known Black civil rights leader who passed for white in order to investigate racist murders, help put the NAACP on the map, and change the racial identity of America forever Walter F. White led two lives: one as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance and the NAACP in the early twentieth century; the other as a white newspaperman who covered lynching crimes in the Deep South at the blazing height of racial violence. Born mixed race and with very fair skin and straight hair, White was able to pass for white. He leveraged this ambiguity as a reporter, bringing to light the darkest crimes in America and helping to plant the seeds of the civil rights movement. White's risky career led him to lead a double life. He was simultaneously a second-class citizen subject to Jim Crow laws at home and a widely respected professional with full access to the white world at work. His life was fraught with internal and external conflict--much like the story of race in America. Starting out as an obscure activist, White ultimately became Black America's most prominent leader. A character study of White's life and career with all these complexities has never been rendered, until now. By the award-winning, best-selling author of The Accidental President, Dewey Defeats Truman, and The Arsenal of Democracy, White Lies uncovers the life of a civil rights leader unlike any other.