- Paperback: 756 pages
- Publisher: Free Press; 1St Edition edition (September 30, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684825244
- ISBN-13: 978-0684825243
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- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
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The End of Racism: Principles for a Multiracial Society Paperback – September 30, 1996
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"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.
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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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No one should engage in race discussions without first reading this book -- only these exhaustively documented facts and extensive political leader commentary are useful to shed light on truth instead of half-truths. Like any religion or worldview we must review their sacred documents, historical facts, and the sayings of their leaders in order to truly expose certain mindsets to the light of truth. Much of America has truly fallen into a "black culture deception" promulgated by liberal pseudo-guilt that can only be redeemed by brokenness and confession of our sins for political gain.
My ancestors in Scotland likely painted themselves blue and offered human sacrifices; therefore, I can be thankful that Roman conquerors brought civilization and ultimately Christianity to the British Isles. There should be no desire to resurrect such godless barbarian Scottish culture and likewise no desire to resurrect or artificially support with government indulgences a black culture that fails in both its duty to civilized society and Christian principles!
Even liberals will be able to see the raw failure of their misuse of "all men are created equal.......with certain unalienble rights" which is twisted into "all men are created ....... with equal talents". God made us different lest we become duplicate robots; therefore, let all races and cultures celebrate in our unique identities while serving the common good of civilization and our God. All else is vanity and the sowing of crass jealousy among brethren!
These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
17 A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil,
19 A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren. (Prov. 6:16-19 NKJ)
1. 2198 references (143 pages of citations and end notes);
2. 13 chapters (169 references per chapter);
3. 3.95 references *per page*;
4. 556 pages of prose (42.8 pages per chapter).
1. This is one of the few cases where I buy a book from an off label and don't regret it. (Most of the time books that are not worth publishing have to deal with marginal publishers.) In this case, the book contains so much uncomfortable information (about racial issues) that no mainstream publisher would want to publish it.
2. The book reads like a series of very long essays. A bit too long to read over a lunch break or in some other short space of time. The chapters can be read out of order with no loss.
3. The major value of the book is in giving us sources (even though they are dated) and actual concrete information that we can put our hands on. This book (though 20 years old) is so thorough that it seems to detail every single stupid statement put into writing by every single black person in the last half a century.
4. 99% of the book is about black pathology. If you didn't know that there was any other type, you would not find that information from this book.
5. Because the book is so depressing, only small bits of it can be read at a time. It's just amazing to know that there is THIS MUCH stupidity in the United States, with no hope in sight for a cure.
Verdict: Worth the price. Worth the time.