According to the author, victimology "has become a keystone of cultural blackness to treat victimhood not as a problem to be solved but as an identity to be nurtured," while "separatism encourages black Americans to conceive of black people as an unofficial sovereign entity, within which the rules other Americans are expected to follow are suspended out of a belief that our victimhood renders us morally exempt from them." Anti-intellectualism is a belief that "school is a 'white' endeavor." McWhorter suggests that only blacks embrace such opinions, placing most of the blame on them while underemphasizing the institutional racism that facilitates such views. Needless to say, McWhorter has no love for the likes of Al Sharpton, Hazel Carby, June Jordan, or Patricia Williams and their ilk. His chapter on Ebonics, his specialty, is the most nuanced, though certainly not the final word on the matter. And though some readers will be turned off by his use of tired anti-affirmative-action, right-wing clichés, anyone interested in the education of African Americans in the post civil rights era will find Losing the Race a worthy read. --Eugene Holley Jr. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
McWhorter's book Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue is one of my favorite books on language. I was looking for other books on linguistics by him when I came across this one and took a... Read morePublished 8 days ago by David H. Eisenberg
Powerful insights. Very intelligent analysis. Mr. McWhorter is a courageous observer of the problems of post-1968 American culture.Published 1 month ago by Amazon addict
This is a well-written and well thought out treatise. I haven't finished reading the book as yet, but enjoying the journey.Published 8 months ago by scottsdale zinner
This is a great book whether you are black or white. There's something for everyone and it raises the race relations of the entire country. McWhorter says what we all need to hear.Published 16 months ago by Golfnut
I have not finished the book but I think for this day and age it's probably an informative read about the current state of black america.Published 18 months ago by Robin M Thomas
An interesting insight into a culture that is rapidly going down the toilet by their own beliefs and perceptions. The tiny font is a bit rough on the eyes, though.Published 22 months ago by Richard Bluhm