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In his introduction to Hating Whitey and Other Progressive Causes, former Marxist turned conservative muckraker David Horowitz insists that his views on race "have remained entirely consistent with my previous commitments and beliefs.... I believed that only government neutrality towards racial groups was compatible with the survival of a multi-ethnic society that is also democratic. I still believe that today." Horowitz has, in fact, remained remarkably consistent in attacking elite social institutions and their subtle attempts to promote what Nicholas Lemann refers to in The Big Test as a "meritocracy." While former colleagues from the '60s have come to defend the rise of progressives within the bunkers of power, Horowitz still assaults the ramparts with venomous glee; his appearances on cable TV news shows, NPR, and the Salon Web site have earned him a legion of fans.

In Hating Whitey, Horowitz pummels administrators, hapless scholars, rival pundits, and embattled defenders of affirmative action and race-based quotas. But while Stephan and Abigail Thernstrom and Shelby Steele have made the case against racial preference with rigorous methodological approaches or rhetorical eloquence, Horowitz doesn't throw much new light on the issue. Even the revealing personal essays dealing with the author's ill-fated tenure with the Black Panthers in the early '70s recycle material previously covered in his autobiography Radical Son. This time around, Horowitz mostly names names and issues ideological fatwas against those with whom he disagrees, invoking the 1950s anti-Communist newsletter Red Channels at its prime. Hating Whitey may satiate the blood lust of the converted, but it's only marginally useful in the larger discussions of race relations in America. --John M. Anderson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Once a prominent U.S. leftist, Horowitz garnered an even larger reputation upon the publication of Radical Son, his memoir documenting his transformation from a radical to a conservative. Now, as the editor of the intentionally provocative conservative journal Heterodoxy and a frequent columnist for Salon, Horowitz employs heat-seeking rhetoric that aims to be as inflammatory as possible. Taking on U.S. race relations and claiming that "anti-white racism" has become intrinsic to the black civil rights movement and "common currency of the 'progressive' intelligentsia," he launches an all-out attack that is almost comical in its single-mindedness. He documents Louis Farrakhan's controversial and contested statements attacking white European and American culture and politics; goes after Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison, "whose boundless suspicions of white Americans amount to a demonization as intense as Elijah Muhammad's"; and characterizes Harvard Law School professor Derrick Bell as a "black racist" and a "product of the Communist left." He also explores how American universities have been destroyed by leftist "McCarthyism" and the "political persecution of Newt Gingrich by liberal democrats." But such provocation, presented in essays that seem hurriedly written and which lack footnotes (or any documentation of their more questionable facts), quickly devolves into a boring rant. (Nov.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Spence Publishing Company; 1st edition (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890626317
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890626310
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,350,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Admittedly, in these politically correct times, the very title, "Hating Whitey," makes one grimace, but upon finishing this book it becomes apparant the author is a humanitarian, loves his country, and is brutally honest in his quest to place an imperfect America in perspective as the world leader in the protection of human rights. Hating Whitey, challenges the tiny yet powerful socialist world of high minded special interest liberals, who feel their self serving hidden agendas are beyond scrutiny, debate, or even national security. Whether you agree with the point of view or not, Hating Whitey, has done a gutsy thing, and was written in an honest if idealogical way, in a somewhat forceful leftest style. On its "debate quotient' alone this book should be required reading in all places of higher education. Unfortunately, we live in a time of nanosecond attention spans, and the danger is that, half truths that feel warm and fuzzy are at odds with uncomfortable realities. Unless given thoughtful intellectual attention, Hating Whitey, will be totally misunderstood. Indeed, this humanitarian effort for clarity, democracy, and true integration, deserves our complete attention.
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I saw David Horowitz on a television program decided to get the book. Well, I got the book and it's a stunning expose of the forces that are deliberately tearing our country apart and imparting a message of hate toward not only fellow Americans, but toward the very core ideas and principles of our country. In some ways, this book should be called "Hating America". It's writers like the author who continue the color blind and equal society envisioned by Martin Luther King, Jr. I suspect the author will be demonized in the same way as the early civil rights workers, but I hope he can endure and keep telling the truth.
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The only difference between white racism and black racism in the United States, is that Black racism is perfectly respectable -- made so by the ideologues that control the media in this country. Thank God for Mr. Horowitz who can't be intimidated and has the guts to tell the truth. This book should be required reading in every school in Ameica, but of course we know it won't, It's too honest.
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It's a pity that David Horowitz has to write this account thirty-five years after the 1964 Civil Rights Act was passed. But the sad truth is that the vision of Martin Luther King has been bastardized into racial Marxism, where non-blacks have become the everlasting foe that must be crushed. As Horowitz makes clear, much of the regress and setbacks in the African-American community is a result not of "whitey" but of black leaders themselves -- who encourage young blacks to think of themselves as oppressed victims needing assistance and protection from a benevolent government. But notions of victimhood encourages resentment and does nothing to help blacks to reach their full potential. Instead, it makes them focus on obstacles, real or imagined. And this state of mind is self-fulfilling, producing failure more frequently than success. And the failure, in turn, drives the drumbeat of "blame whitey" instead of focusing on the real cause of failure -- the black victimhood mentality perpetuated by intellectual elitists who claim to have the interest of black people at heart. Horowitz refers to decades of carnage (e.g. the destruction of the black family via liberal anti-family welfare incentives) to demonstrate the consequences of following the line that blacks need ever more government to help them because they can't help themselves. It's time to end the insanity! Blacks are human beings equally capable of reaching their potential if only others would stop lying to them about hurdles and roadblocks. A positive message of hope along with elevating black role models (e.g. Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell, Alan Keyes, etc.) is the key not only to black achievement -- but also the key to reducing racial tensions -- and the culture of blaming one another for our own failures.
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America changed overnight with the publication of Wittaker Chambers' "Witness", the harrowing account of one man's journey from the dark recesses of Communism to Liberty. It was said of Chambers that he didn't return from Hell empty-handed. David Horowitz has made the same journey, and returned to us heavily burdened.
Hating Whitey is a polemic first and foremost. Horowitz does not pretend to be a neutral observer in the Culture War. Like Chambers, Horowitz is plainly ashamed of his youthful association with the Left, and like Coleridge's Ancient Mariner feels condemned to confess his sins to all who come near.
That there is a sizeable proportion of the Left (black and white) which is vehemently racist should surprise no one (especially if you've been to one of our nation's universities). That the Black Panther movement was nothing more than a cover for a gang of robbers, rapists, and murderers likewise should come as no surprise.
What is shocking about this book is the degree to which those who know better seek to deceive the rest of America. Horowitz prints a damning letter from a former Black Panther colleague basically accusing him of murder for allowing a white woman he knew to audit the Panthers' books, knowing full well that such scrutiny would not be tolerated. That a grown man would actually excuse the rape and murder of a woman to cover up the pillage of organizational coffers is stunning. Horowitz' response to this incident, as to a number of others covered in his essays, is one of unbridled outrage.
Some readers will take umbrage at the author's tone. This is no Firing Line debate, moderated by the congenial William F. Buckley. Horowitz came back from Hell not a sadder and wiser man, as with Chambers, but as a hellfire-and-brimstone pulpit thumper eager to save souls from the fiery pit whence he came. It is a marvelous collection, if not for the faint of heart.
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