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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.
As a black American I completely agree with Mr. McWhorters arguments for "Self Sabotage in Black America" and his solutions.
He makes the case, however, that language is not what holds black American children back in school, but rather the combined effects of the triad.
This book NEEDED to be written, and I applaud Professor McWhorter for having the guts to write it as passionately and critically as he has.
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 8 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 10 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 14 months ago by Richard Bluhm
I first read this book several years ago and was immediately struck by the truth of what Mr. McWhorter was saying: Black people in America today are held back less by white... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Attorney VA
The book belonged to a college library in New York. Oooooops. I contacted the college and am returning it to their library.Published 18 months ago by Stephen Sokolyk
This is an excellent book. I will share this information with many others. Using it for me dissertation and find it very helpful.Published 20 months ago by Hedy
now staight up John Mcwhorter is a very educated Man and his word usuage and themes are interesting and make good counter arguments, etc, however he tends to lump all African... Read morePublished on April 27, 2012 by mistermaxxx08
This is a book that needed to be written and I am only sorry that I did not read it when it was first published. Read morePublished on April 16, 2012 by Lmartin
John McWhorter was a professor at Berkeley. He outlined cultural problems that were hindering the education of minorities. Read morePublished on July 7, 2011 by J. Payne