From Publishers Weekly
New York Times correspondent Bernstein contends that the original liberal agenda behind multiculturalism has been replaced by an orthodoxy that is dangerous to free speech and obsessed with victimization.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Careful to credit the good intentions that began the multiculturalist movement, New York Times reporter Bernstein (From the Center of the Earth, LJ 3/15/82) uses his journalistic skills admirably to describe the slippage of the idea into an increasingly intimidating and intolerant orthodoxy. Clearly drawn personalities and backgrounds enliven his account of disputes in school districts, colleges, and newspapers around the country. Bernstein argues that the movement's sense of moral invincibility functions as an unquenchable power base, its newly entrenched ideologs often demanding mandatory sensitivity training and diversity coursework that tend toward political indoctrination and effectively stifling dissent. He faults the movement's insistence on group affiliation and victimhood as the primary source of individual identity while refusing to acknowledge genuine advances. Striving to be fair-minded throughout, Bernstein creates no demons or angels in this persuasive, well-written defense of the notions of assimilation and commonality against the veneration of division and bitterness. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries.Patrick Dunn, East Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Johnson City.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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