Revisiting a Texas writer’s book about prejudice in ‘Confessions of a White Racist’ | Books

King was a terrific writer of narrative non-fiction, one whose skill reached a peak with Confessions of a White Racist, which in the wake of the tragedy in Charlottesville, Va., is a work of art that all white Americans should read. The New York Times called it a “startling autobiographical work” in praising the author for examining “the complicity of every white American in the maintenance of the status quo.” It was nominated for a National Book Award.

During the late 1960s, King’s byline appeared often in the pages of Harper’s magazine, which, under editor Willie Morris, blazed a journalistic trail. The magazine’s other writers included David Halberstam and Norman Mailer. 

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