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America in Black and White: One Nation, Indivisible Paperback – February 2, 1999
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The first section of "America in Black and White" outlines the history of the odious conditions blacks faced in the American South and the resulting rise of the civil rights movement.Read more ›
I was especially enthralled by the authors' analysis of the "War on Poverty" programs of the 1960's, particularly the expansion of welfare, and their horrifically negative effects on generations of black families since. Not only did the "War on Poverty" make things worse for the poor, but the expansion of welfare to include unwed women and children fostered a lifestyle of dependency and irresponsible behavior, and precipitated the downward trend in two-parent black families, that has left three generations of black Americans in dire straits ever since.
Liberals, especially black liberals, are terrified of books like this, and rightfully so. This book undercuts the blacks-as-perennial-victims/American-society-as-forever-racist rhetoric that keeps the Jesse Jacksons and Al Sharptons, with support from the liberal media, in business. Along with the works of John McWhorter, Shelby Steele and Thomas Sowell, this books serves as a much-needed wake-up call on the issue of race; a cold dose of reality that no doubt makes most liberals cringe.
Some may be put off by the authors right of center analysis. They question the merits of affirmative action, proportional representation, and the degree to which racism continues to hinder blacks. This work is less incendiary than Dinesh D'Souza's `The End of Racism' (which is still very good), however, this work is replete with statistics and hard data that are difficult to dismiss.
America has gone through extraordinary steps to move beyond the sins of its past. There is little doubt that through this work the Thernstroms have a sincere interest in helping America move towards becoming a genuinely color-blind nation.
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I highly recommend that everyone should read this book. It is heavy, time consuming reading, loaded with statistics (remembering the three kinds of lies: "lies, damned lies, and... Read morePublished on August 28, 2012 by Davidthecritic
The late Gore Vidal wrote a whole essay, entitled "Bad History," that skewers this book and its authors. Vidal refers to the book as "this curiously insistent racist tract. Read morePublished on August 10, 2012 by lowellsf
After reading this book one does not know whether to laugh out loud or just sit down by the roadside and cry. Read morePublished on September 20, 2009 by Herbert L Calhoun
Because I had enjoyed "No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning" I read the Thernstrom's previous book. Read morePublished on June 3, 2005 by Kelvin L. Reed
This book renders a thoughtful and persuasive treatment of the facts of racial divisions in the United States. Read morePublished on September 8, 2003 by Eugene A Jewett
This was a class text about race in America. It is a careful balance between recognizing past discrimination (which some conservatives ignore) and demonstrating the problems of... Read morePublished on January 20, 2003 by Sheila Tillman