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A Practical Guide to Racism Hardcover – December 27, 2007
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At 14, Dalton received a full scholarship to study anthropology, but he instead concentrated in the biological sciences, hoping to prove a chemical and genetic basis for his earlier observations. Fascinated by both taxonomy and the promise of eugenics, Dalton strove to more perfectly categorize all humankind according to their genetic predispositions.
After receiving his Ph.D. in just three years, Dalton accepted the prestigious Charles Lindbergh professorship in Ethnography at the Institute for Advanced Studies in New Jersey, where he teaches an intensive course load of two lectures every other semester. He has never married.
Top Customer Reviews
The book takes the nine races and looks at each one individually in a faux-19th Century quasi-scientific approach. It examines Hispanics, Jews, Whites, Indians and Injuns, Blacks, Asians, Merpeople, Arabs, and Gypsies. Need I say more? The glory of the book is that it catches you laughing at racist remarks but at the same time reminds you of how utterly ridiculous racism is.
The one thing that I would caution is that this book requires a decent understanding of American culture and history to get all of the jokes. There are some references to 80's pop songs, 60's musicians, and TV shows from the 40's and 50's.
The title makes it sound like it could be offensive - one of my initial thoughts, and the reason I started perusing the contents. If it is considered offensive, at least it offends everyone equally across the board. No group is exempt. It is actually based on a course about white supremacy taught by a college professor in the early 1900's - and then satirized to amplify how absolutely ridiculous and stupid bigots sound when they speak.
The gift was received with a lot of hugs and gratitude from my nephew who is sharing it with friends and colleagues.
But, bypassing all that, it is almost like coming across some alternate reality history book, where all the unvarnished discriminatory natures seen and known all our lives had actual factual backup. Many times during my reading of this book, I had to stop reading because I had to wrap my head around a statement about some racial group that made my head hurt, both from shock and to keep from bursting out loud in an inappropriate place (like a morning rush-hour train) especially since I made no attempt to cover the book's title.
I can see why some people would totally trash this book, if you read it as a straight book, but it makes such a device of more or less telling you straight out this is not going to be a serious discourse on racism, that if you don't GET that, you are as dumb as this book thinks you are.
I was recommended this book by a friend of mine in the military, who was turned on to it by a member of his unit (who happens to be a prominent member of one of the many non-White races described within), who took to quoting from it out loud at random. Believe me, as (or, if) you read this book, you will see many quotable quotes, just be sure you know what kind of company you keep, because some of these statements, out of their humorous context, could get you hurt....
I broadly recommend it, just be sure to read with an open mind and sense of humor, or you'll miss the point.
Some people won't get it. Real racists will love it for all the wrong reasons. It is brutally sarcastic. Over the top. Demeaning. Wicked. Raunchy. I laughed at myself for liking it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A pretty good chuckle ... good "bathroom read"
Bought for a friend as a birthday gift and had the chance to flip through some of the pages... Read more
Hilarious. I bought this as a gift, read two pages and immediately ordered a copy for myself. Not for the thin skinned or easily offended multiculturalist. Read morePublished 1 day ago by K. Trsek
Hilarious and offense. Buy this for your jerk friends. They will love it as well old, racist grandparents. I know you've got one.Published 25 days ago by EB
Got this book as a gift for my brother and he loved it. It's become a fun conversation piece on the coffee table.Published 1 month ago by Kim
I gave it one star because I couldn't give it zero. I bought it for a white elephant gift but it was so pathetic I couldn't even use it for that. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Buffy