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Winning the Race: Beyond the Crisis in Black America Paperback – Bargain Price, December 28, 2006
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Still, it's regrettable that discourse has devolved and brought us to this point. With Professor McWhorter and scholars like him courageously leading the way, perhaps we may yet still "Win the Race." Let us hope so.
Secondly, juxtaposing this earlier slice of black life next to the 1960s - where racism was on the down-slope and the overall economic situation for black Americans was improving - McWhorter demonstrates how embracing the Anti-Establishment Zeitgeist of the sixties all but nullified the cultural credo of that earlier era, thereby rendering blacks - especially the black poor - culturally worse off than previously. Lastly, in Winning the Race as well as in his two previous books (Losing the Race and Authentically Black), McWhorter offers a ray of hope on what can and should be done to make things better.
Winning the Race represents John McWhorter's third installment on race and culture in America that will cause readers to look at these crucial issues in fresh new ways.
You don't have to agree with him to benefit from reading the book, because he will at least force the intelligent reader to define his own position and muster his evidence. What should be obvious to most thinking people is that there is something amiss in the usual social or political explanations that try to explain the continuing state of disadvantage under which so many blacks labor. The difference is that McWhorter states that blacks must take charge of their own story, and he does so from a very definite stance: he finds that mainstream values such as education, work, and intellectual achievement are worthy goals. His claim is that these values have been deep-sixed by many blacks, in favor especially of a victim mentality and a rejection of the very tools (education and intellectual achievement) that would enable people to participate fully in the nation's life.
In short, his message states that only blacks can take charge of their future, change the tone of the master narrative that defines their lives, and this can be done only if people own their stories--the whole story, not just the part that lies within the responsibility of others.
For those who would like a very opposite viewpoint, also well worth the read, try Robert Jensen's "The Heart of Whiteness".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
John McWhorter's book on the problems that plague African-American is right on the money and one of the most courageous and honest analyses I have ever seen. Read morePublished on October 2, 2012 by Battleship
I want so badly for this book to be good...But it was one of the most un-conversational books I've ever read. Read morePublished on August 22, 2011 by biketowork
Publisher's Weekly got it right when it said this book is long-winded. I enjoyed reading a different viewpoint of Black empowerment despite the past, but McWhorter thoughts are... Read morePublished on March 29, 2010 by Clay Cosner
I missed the release of this book. While browsing in Barnes and Nobles in New York I accidentally found it and could not put it down. Read morePublished on February 10, 2010 by Bobba
There was almost too much in this book for me to soak up. Part of me wonders whether I should have read the author's "Losing the Race" first. Read morePublished on April 2, 2008 by ironman96
A year later - 2007 - am just finishing up reading this reader-friendly, excellently researched and provocative piece. I want to thank Mr. Read morePublished on July 9, 2007 by R. Williams