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The Coming Race War in America: A Wake Up Call Hardcover – October 29, 1996


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In this book, Rowan, the first black Cabinet officer, and a syndicated columnist, warns that unless we act now, this country will by the end of the millennium have the same level of bloody racial strife that marked South Africa at the height of apartheid. The warning signs he cites include corporate downsizing, the rise of the angry white male, the growth of right wing militias, the war on welfare and affirmative action, the swelling black prison population and the growing popularity of Louis Farrakhan. In his chapter "How to Prevent 'Armageddon,'" Rowan recommends a massive federally enforced disarmament program, speedy prosecution of racist cops, and early and massive interventions into the lives of underclass children -- including a revival of FDR's Civilian Conservation Corps, to be paid for by the money now being earmarked for new prisons.

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Despite the incendiary title, this book seems mainly a recap of syndicated columnist Rowan's opinions on recent political controversies regarding race, from affirmative action to the rise of Colin Powell to the O.J. Simpson trial. It's hard to tell how much Rowan believes his title: while he doesn't consider race war unavoidable, he says he's not optimistic. Then again, the indices of societal decline Rowan cites?less religious observance, economic malaise, divisive arguments over affirmative action?have provoked other Cassandras but few who predict racial violence. His views are liberal but not radical: critical of Republican administrations but also harsh toward Louis Farrakhan and other hatemongers. He sometimes seems to be settling scores, as when he calls Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen an "enemy of black people" for making a defensible argument that "it's time to limit" affirmative action. Rowan inflates his first-person narrative by quoting his own columns frequently, as if suggesting that he is at the center of these debates. He does perform a service in emphasizing the need to take right-wing militias seriously; his other recommendations include intensified gun control, greater monitoring of the police, intervention in the lives of the underclass, a revival of public works for the poor and alternatives to prison.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (October 29, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316759805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316759809
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,807,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"jgm537"
Although he does quip that Farrakhan, Sharpton and Jackson are part of the problems blacks now face he reserves his harshest criticism for whites.
TheHighlander
Mr. Rowan doesn't debate his opponents -- nor does he even make a meager attempt to present their arguments.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By TheHighlander on October 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The opening lines of Carl Rowen's book state that the United States is "on the rocks spiritually, morally, racially and economically." The author goes on to smash everyone he deems responsible for this and the plight of the black man today.
I found this book very harsh and full of thoughts and ideas that, to me, seem very rash and extreme. Although he does quip that Farrakhan, Sharpton and Jackson are part of the problems blacks now face he reserves his harshest criticism for whites. Whites in power and white men in gerneral. He launches scathing attacks on former President's Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and Bush. Be blasts Pat Buchannon and Oliver North. He calls G. Gordon Liddy a "troglodyte". He says Newt Gingrich is full of "self righteous hypocrisy". He accuses the federal court system of having "surrendered to racist mob psychology" for rulling against affirmative action in University's.
The author also makes the statement that blacks do commit a disproportionate number of the violent crimes in America. Most of the crimes committed by blacks are committed against blacks. He then goes on to talk about the fact that over 50% of prisoners in the penal system are black and that shows we still live in a racist society. I don't follow the logic. If more blacks are committing violent crimes, wouldn't it follow that more blacks would be in jail? I don't see how that is racist.
He points to Susan Smith who killed her children by drowning them in the car by driving into a lake. Her initial police report said that a black man had hijacked her Mazda and driven off with her two young sons in it.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By stepsis@dmv.com on December 5, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I am very grateful that I didn't purchase this book. There is far less substance here than I ever anticipated. The thesis is not very complicated at all (surprise, surprise). In a nutshell, "We must stop the (white) racist boogieman ... or else." One cannot help but be nauseated at Mr. Rowan's constant use of racial and political pejoratives to discredit those who he happens to disagree with. For example, he refers to knowledge of mean American 15 point B/W IQ difference as "Caucasian madness" and "racist propaganda." The Pioneer Fund which simply explores the role of heredity vs. environment (see their web page) is a "Neo-Nazi" outfit bent on proving "white supremacy" with "psuedoscience." The Bell Curve is smeared "Bell Bull" and Charles Murray is a "Neo-Nazi" (of course, Mr. Murray is a politically correct libertarian and the co-author, Richard Bernstein -- now deceased -- is Jewish). What Rowan communicates with striking consistency in this work is intense fear -- fear of all the usual bad guys -- "angry white males", militia members, "white supremacists", "Nazis", Ku Kluxers, and so forth. Like much of the refuse that makes it onto the shelves in bookstores, there is no confusion about who the good guys are (non-whites, homosexuals, lesbians, Third World immigrants, feminists, Jews, HIV-positive people, liberals, Communists, gang memebers, etc.) and who the bad guys are (conservatives, middle class tax protestors, gun owners, angry white men, militia members, white activists, etc.). Of course, "angry white males" have little to be angry about.Read more ›
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Spaceman Spiff on May 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Rowan was right about one thing. There is a race war coming.

But he was 200% wrong about the causes for it. He simply didn't get it. He was blinded by being black in America. Not because of the color of his skin or his ancestry, but rather what we tell blacks (and other minorities) in America: You are not really Americans.

The race war is coming, but it is a creation of the political and cultural left.

What the left has done, including Mr. Rowan, has trained with great effort and expense, as many minorities as will listen to: #1 Not consider themselves American and to distance themselves from American culture as much as possible, embracing other cultures whenever possible. and #2 Once culturally segregated: resent and hate America from "the outside" even while they live inside America's borders.

The political left has used this "divide and conquer" method to hold political power. If racial minorities considered themselves Americans above all else, they would vote for conservatives far more often. By training minorities to retain or adopt a foreign cultural identity, the left can then pidegon hole people in groups, and secure their block votes on the basis of racial identity. Far from color blind, almost every black that voted in the last presidential election voted for Obama, their race statistically welded to their vote (while whites voted pretty much as they always do, statistically disconnected from the race of the candidate).

In other words, the tactics of racial separatism works well for the left. If making you into a hyphenated-American will get them your vote, then they will stick with it to the end.
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