"Virtually all contemporary liberal assumptions about the origin of racism, its historical significance, its contemporary effects, and what to do about it are wrong," announces Dinesh D'Souza in another characteristically thought-provoking and controversial book. His scrupulously researched study of the history, nature, and effects of racism will certainly ruffle many feathers--particularly those of cultural relativists and liberal "antiracists" whose opinions he aims to discredit. But thinkers of all political persuasions would benefit from reading this self-described conservative's eloquently presented views as he "excavates beyond the usual digging sites" to present a unique and troubling vision of the "neurotic obsession" with race that continues to divide American society.
Much of what D'Souza says flies in the face of liberal doctrine. He maintains that there are cultural differences that account for distinct levels of achievement among races, and that racism cannot be blamed for "black failure." He argues that racism is not a universal phenomenon but a relatively recent Western intellectual concept, and because we can trace racism's beginning we can likewise bring about its demise. He deals blow after blow to longstanding "myths" about race, criticizing the "civil rights industry," rejecting "misguided" solutions such as multiculturalism and proportional representation as "fighting discrimination by practicing it," and even calls for a repeal of the near-sacred Civil Rights Act of 1964.
This is not an easy book to read, but it is an important one. Even if more than a few disagree with D'Souza's assumptions and arguments, all should welcome his well-considered, insightful treatment of this immensely difficult topic. --Uma Kukathas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Claiming that racism in no longer an important factor in American life, D'Souza argues that government must cease to legislate issues on a racial basis.
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The US is obsessed with guilt over the treatment of blacks. This book is written by an outsider, an Indian from India. Read morePublished 4 months ago by S. Duval
Comprehensive. Impressive for the completeness of the presentation. Much to consider, whether you agree or not with the conclusions.Published 6 months ago by Rory Remer
Not a big fan of his views which at times seemed based on a lot of unfounded, outside looking in assumptions. Really unapologetic conservative vs objective views throughout. Read morePublished 7 months ago by ronnyj
Dinesh has done a masterful job debunking the myths surrounding the so-called racism narrative in America.Published 7 months ago by John D. Vernon
very thought provoking and well written...D'Sousa is a scholar and original thinkerPublished 7 months ago by Maria Wroblewski
Where does one begin? Such a loaded topic full of ideological land mines. D'Souza walks where angels fear to tread. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Clear Lake Man