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Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America Paperback – Bargain Price, July 31, 2001
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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.
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The many anecdotes he gives poignantly and accurately explains the Black American self-induced psychological phobia of anything scholarly: how Black freshmen accepted at Berkeley after affirmative action was repealed (i.e. because of their high academic prowess and not their skin color) were looked upon as "OREOS" by the Black preference-benefitting upper-classmen; how when he was growing up one of his childhood friends had his little sister slap him for correctly spelling the word "CONCRETE"; how, while in graduate school, after engaging the professor in a discussion on the Swahili verb TO BE - a subject of dear interest to him - some other Black grad students approached him afterwards asking "whether or not he was a TRUE BROTHA." While reading, I had flashbacks of my own childhood experiences of being dissed almost daily by my own "people" for being smart and having the audacity to actually ENJOY school.Read more ›
Apparently a few of the previous reviewers missed McWhorter's point, as he predicted they would. For example, one reviewer points out "gender equity" and the fact that the book does not address this. The title of the book is "Losing the Race," not "Losing the Boys," or "Losing the Girls." Discussing gender equity would have been an unneccessary detour in subject matter. The reason for the gender gap is easily explained anyway: lack of black male "academic" role models, boys focus more on athletics, and also have other options that females tend to approach less avidly, such as the military and technical fields which don't necessarily require degrees. Regardless of even this, Mr. McWhorter is addressing the LACK OF QUALITY of Afican-American students IN GENERAL, not just the NUMBERS.
This book is a must-read for black parents, teachers, and administrators in particular, but also for anyone who is looking for a fresh take on the race debate.
As a Black Man I agree 100% with McWhorter. The black people who do not choose to be blind to the truth. They would prefer to blame others for their own failings. That is not new. It is a story as old as man. It is easier to blame "the man" than actually taking responsibility for your own actions.
In effect, it is great he gets negative reviews from people who admit to not reading the book. It proves his points more powerfully than he ever could.
Like they say, Buy the book, don't wait for the movie.
Go to just about any college in the U.S. and you'll see prime examples of all the anecdotal evidence that McWhorter uses. Even at an advanced level, you'll see the negative attitude towards education and the anti-intellectualism spoken of so many times in the book. For some reason, it's not cool to be smart.
If you listened to all of the so-called experts, or at least the ones who are yelling the loudest about the problems addressed by McWhorter, you'll hear one word: racism. Yep, he covered that one too; it's called Victimology. Constantly making "the Man" and "the System" out to be the problem is just ridiculous, and it fuels that mindset shared by those like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Yet the professional victimologists are never willing to turn the microscope on Black Americans, asking why there is no self-responsibility; however, they are quick to try to censor, belittle, and toss around the phrase "Uncle Tom", given to those who disagree with their agenda (like McWhorter).
Bravo Mr. McWhorter. Thank you for exposing the main problem in the on-going problem that American children face in our schools today.
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Logic and reason are so refreshing after suffering decades of deluded politic constructs delivered by the so-called Black leadership that has hijacked the civil rights movement and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by John Kevin Swint
A real eye opener. This book helped me formulate many of my ideals and opinions on the subject of race. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Morgan Hughes
Scapegoating (from the verb "to scapegoat") is the practice of singling out any party for negative treatment or blame. Read morePublished 10 months ago by purchase
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 12 months 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 13 months ago by Amazon addict