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Old 01-05-2009, 04:29 PM
nikkibong nikkibong is offline
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Default I just read John McWhorter's Losing the Race

Just finished John McWhorter's 2000 tome, Losing the Race: Self-Sabatoge in Black America. It made for great airplane reading as I flew across the country yesterday. (Although a few people gave my some dirty looks when they saw the title - Thanks, John!)

I've never read any of McWhorter's other books, but damn, the guy can write. I speak here, simply in terms of style: McWhorther's prose practically jumps off the page. (In contrast to just about everyone else in academia!) Positively crackling.

McWorther identifies three strands in the black community that he claims are substantially retarding development: victimology, separatism, & anti-intellectualism. His commentaries are trenchant, to say the last.

One seeming contradiction: McWorther dwells often on positive statistics about rising black income, education levels etc., saying essentially, that things have never been better; yet he claims that a crisis is afoot in the black community due to the strands listed above. How to synthesize this?

Anyone else read this book? If not, it certainly gets the NIKKIBONG seal of approval.
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