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Confessions of a Reluctant Hater Paperback – January 15, 2011
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About the Author
Greg Johnson received an M.A. in English from Southern Methodist University and a Ph.D. in English from Emory University. Dr. Johnson is the author of books of fiction, poetry, criticism, and biography, including the recent story collections, LAST ENCOUNTER WITH THE ENEMY (Johns Hopkins, 2004) and WOMEN I?VE KNOWN: NEW AND SELECTED STORIES (Ontario Review,2007), the novel STICKY KISSES (Alyson Books, 2001), and two books on Joyce Carol Oates: INVISIBLE WRITER: A BIOGRAPHY OF JOYCE CAROL OATES (Plume, 1999), and JOYCE CAROL OATES: CONVERSATIONS 1970-2006 (Ontario Review, 2006).
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I have no idea if he did indeed write all the essays, as there are many different names and publications listed with each essay, yet the book is subtitled: "Essays by Greg Johnson" Like the title, this is very misleading. After reading several pieces in which the hatred and obscene ugliness was really shocking, I had to quit; feeling both puzzled and cheated; how could this man, who sounded so intelligent, fair minded and pleasant spew such ugly hate filled stereotypical garbage like I found in " Race-Mixing: Not just for Losers Anymore?", I hate to even write this, but I'm going to include a little quote from "Race-Mixing": "When most people see whites dating non-whites, the immediate assumption is that there is something wrong with the white. Usually the defects are obvious. We know why a homely or obese white woman is sleeping with blacks or mexicans: They are willing to overlook her faults because she is white. We know why a geeky acne-scarred white man gravitates towards Asians . They are willing to overlook his faults because he is white, (and of course the aliens are angling for green cards and money as well.)" Please tell me Greg Johnson did not write this crap; and then there is this from "The Persecution of Kevin MacDonald".
"The fanatical persecution of "hate" is what Leftists call "Tolerance"-and, presumably, "love" (they are all just snarling and sputtering with love" } A great number of the essays in this book `snarl and sputter' with obscene racial hatred which I have not come across in many years.
I find it astonishing that a man of Greg Johnson, PhD.'s intelligence (assumed) and background would be associated with, and put his name on garbage like this.
I am a white, Anglo; educated and open-minded. I found some of the articles on `Cross-Currants' and `Inconvenient History' and `Occidental
Observer' to be very interesting. I was hoping to learn more about the NANR. It's also astonishing that there are two essays about Alan Watts in here...to lend some kind of intellectual credence? I cannot imagine his reaction to be found in such company. Of course, being long dead, he can be used freely.
I did not read all the essays. I couldn't stomach them. I requested a refund from the seller...(one of the NewRight activists.) It was refused, of course. Amazon.com, however, did refund my money. Perhaps because they have a hugely diverse Customer service staff, or maybe someone at Amazon had the misfortune of reading one of these incendiary pieces.
This review may sell even more of these books for these Haters. If so, I'm sorry. I hope it will balance out the Positive and Rave reviews.
I see that one reviewer `ninthavatar' ,lives in Berkeley. So do I. So there's a balance there...Berkeley is a very racist place, despite it's carefully cultivated "progressive" image. If you are into these views, you'll love this book. If not, be warned.
I'm sure there will be lots of attacks on this review. Maybe someone will burn a cross on my lawn...That would be `fresh', in Berkeley. ha, ha, .and, of course, I'll be labeled a race-traitor.(Yes! They call people who don't despise Black and Asian people "Race Traitors" It's like some kind of time warp.!).. I guess if these essays are representative of my race I'll have to accept that old, tired label ..I'm never going to read them ( the attacks and `comments). I've had enough White Hatred. No wonder other races hate whites!
Greg Johnson's CONFESSIONS OF A RELUCTANT HATER really speaks to me, particularly his essay "West Coast White Nationalism." I am a racially aware white Californian, a White Nationalist.
YET, for all that, I am a West Coast person, with everything that goes along with that: I am a vegan, an environmentalist, a social liberal, a strong advocate of zoning and historical preservation, and a practicing Buddhist. Aside from my political concerns, I have very little in common with Southerners or Midwesterners or New Englanders, bless them, particularly the right wingers.
So I am glad to see that there are other people who realize that white identity politics needs to grow beyond the confines of the cultural and political right if we are to attain intellectual and political hegemony.
Some of the best articles here are "Confessions of a Reluctant Hater," about why diversity leads to racial hatred and strife; "A Nation of Immigrants?," which destroys that cliche; the reviews of Craig Bodeker's A Conversation About Race films; a great review of Christian Lander's sequel to STUFF WHITE PEOPLE LIKE; the already mentioned "West-Coast White Nationalism" (how do I meet the woman whose favorite books are MEIN KAMPF and THE LORD OF THE RINGS?); "Is Racial Purism Decadent?," which has to be the most intellectually challenging critique of racial purism ever written--and it took a White Nationalist to write it!; and two brilliant essays on Alan Watts, one of my favorite writers and, it turns out, a man of the right!
All told, there are 28 pieces in this book, every one worth reading. CONFESSIONS OF A RELUCTANT HATER is good enough that you will want to read it all the way through in one sitting. And it is slender enough that you can actually do it. My one recommendation: buy two copies, because you will definitely want to have one to loan out to friends.