on August 12, 2014
I have used chapters from this book with my sophomore high school students. It's a great resource for students doing independent studies on race, culture, and ethnicity. The chapters are easy to read, provide examples and figures, and make teaching such a broad subject engaging and fun. I would say this book is better for high school students than college.
on January 7, 2013
This textbook was bought for a college class, which had required it. Although the information within this book is extremely detailed, I did not use it the entire class; as my college's library was better suited for my research. I would only recommend this book to those that absolutely need to buy it and would suggest buying it used at a lower cost.
on August 21, 2012
'Racial and Ethnic Groups' is a well-written text with great photos to help communicate the concepts contained within.
The book, rated as used, was in exceptional condition...no highlighting, no tears or even wrinkles! Even the cover was in great shape. The price was amazing! I saved well over $100 purchasing this textbook thru Amazon...and I highly recommend others check Amazon for their own textbooks. Next semester, I'll be ordering my next texts here at Amazon.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2008
No wonder Enron and Arthur Anderson cooked their books. Business people of today graduated college not with lessons on how to behave in business, but rather this extreme leftist spin which can be summarized in five words: "whites bad, everyone else good." In fact, those words, in one way or another, made up the introductions and conclusions to nearly every paper I wrote in this required class, and my final score was an "A."
Schaefer obviously suffered some trauma or another at the hands of white-Anglo-Saxon-Protestant capitalists and he vents his frustrations in typical liberal style - by skewing facts and spouting rhetoric at every turn. This should be required reading for a critical thinking class, as nearly every sentence violates some fallacy or another. His book is a classic example of revisionist history at its finest (or worst, depending upon one's viewpoint).
I could write volumes debunking his "fallacy by omission" techniques which continue, page-after-page, like some anti-white propaganda paper from The Bizzarro Klu Klux Klan. Instead, I'll point out a few key "facts" Mr. Schaefer tries to pass off on unsuspecting college students, already primed for such drivel by the U.S. public education system.
Mr. Schafer: Blacks earn lower incomes than whites because of racism and discrimination.
Omitted facts: Blacks suffer a much higher rate of teen pregnancy than whites, significantly lowering average earning wages because young mothers have fewer educational opportunities and mobilities. Blacks who have earned doctorates are primarily in the field of education, a low-paying career path, whereas whites tend to gravitate toward law, science, medicine, and other high-paying jobs. Schaefer also neglects to mention that Japanese Americans - once greatly discriminated against in this country - generally earn higher than whites. Using Schaefer's argument of racism vs. earnings, there must be some serious antiwhite, pro-Asian discrimination going on in this country. In fact, Chinese and Japanese Americans are so consistent in their higher earnings that Schaefer had to "dumb them down" by lumping these two groups into into a category known as "Asians and pacific islanders."
Mr. Schaefer: IQ tests are culturally biased in favor of whites, resulting in lower IQ scores for blacks and hispanics. Schaefer's argument: a particular question may ask the test taker to compare objects, such as a regatta and oars, to some other set of objects. Clearly, an underprivileged black or Hispanic child has never heard of a regatta.
Omitted facts: for over a generation, IQ tests have done away with standard objects, and replaced them with nonsense words, such as a sploible and a fluggum. These words have no English definition, and thus cannot be racially biased.
For people such as Mr. Schaefer the only possible solution to lower income, poor scores on standardized tests, and every other conceivable woe regarding "subordinate" groups is discrimination, so let's throw more money at the problem.
There is big business in lawsuits when a "subordinate" can shakedown a financial institute, lender, government agency, or employer for millions over discrimination. Schaefer helps proliferate such lawsuits in this book. The sad thing is that you and I pay for this. Whether its tax money, or increased prices for consumers to offset the millions lost by Denny's restaurants when some black customers got their food late, we all lose.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 5, 2011
If and when the "great toilet paper shortage" of the 21st century comes, I will be able to take solice in the fact that this useless (and racist) book is on my shelf for those times of need!