Joan Walsh of Salon.com talks about her newest book, What's the Matter with White People: Why We Long for a Golden Age That Never Was. She explains why most white voters do not back President Obama and what it means for the GOP, the country and American race relations.
Joan Walsh is the author of "What's the Matter with White People: Why We Long for a Golden Age That Never Was."
Joan joined Salon in 1998 to become the first full-time news editor and became editor in chief in February 2005. At the end of 2010, she became editor at large, to write full time. In the last couple of years she's had the privilege of debating conservative zealots on TV, from Bill O' Reilly to Dick Armey to Pat Buchanan.
As a columnist for San Francisco Magazine, she won Western Magazine Awards in 2004 and 2005 for writing about local politics. She's written for everyone from the Los Angeles Times and Washington Post to Vogue and the Nation.
Before she joined Salon, Joan spent many years as a freelancer. She also ran her own business, consulting to national foundations and nonprofits on education, community development and urban poverty issues. She's a crazy San Francisco Giants fan and co-wrote a book about the ballpark back in 2001.
Joan Walsh, Editor-at-Large for Salon and author of What's the Matter With White People?, explains that while Americans tend to idealize the "Golden Era" of the 1950's, they tend to overlook how it also left out a lot of minorities and because of that, might not be the best model for present-day America.