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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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It took a lot of guts to write this book. Race is the 3d rail of politics in America and unless you accept, without question and without reservation, the basic tenets of the Civil Rights movement, you are considered "insensitive," or, at worst, a "racist." Mr. D'Souza systematically, and with erudition, challenges this worldview head on.
This book is chock-full of thought-provoking perspectives, not the least of which is the distinction between racism and ethnocentrism. Relying on the abudant historical record, D'Souza buttresses his assertion, which winds up striking at the heart of the Civil Rights-Leftist-Multiculturalis canard that racism was responsible for slavery, ergo, reparations are in order.
D'Souza is not without his critics, who run the gamut from the scholary, to the demagogic. Still, don't let this scare you from reading this book. D'Souza is no race-baiter by any means. His look at race and culture in America is unsentimental and clear-headed. He comes across as genuinely concerned about the state of race relations in this country, and his book offers a refreshing alternative to the tired, shop-worn, pap from the Left.
Having said this, in my opinion D'Souza while bringing up important issues often purposely ignored by the liberal progressive wing of American politics / academia has his ideological blind spots much like the left. Liberals shout white racism and conservatives shout black culture. We can talk about racism and culture all day but without addressing changing economic realities and deindustrialization we can never fully understand what is happening in Black Culture and the inner city. Economics, racism and culture are all inter connected.
If you want a strong middle class with middle class values you will need three things. Secure and well paying employment, affordable credit and access to high quality education. Take away one leg of the stool and the stool falls.
I see the value of D'Souza taking a close look at cultural attitudes and values in relation to success of certain cultures. Not everything thing about white American culture is nice a wonderful. It can be overly competitive and often individualism falls into selfishness and social isolation. Latin culture can often be sexist (Macho culture) and classist (low social mobility). Cannot the same be said of Black inner city culture or any culture for that matter? Modern Black inner city culture would not only turn off many white conservatives but also white progressives. It can be sexist, homophobic and ethnocentric against non-blacks. Blacks are certainly not the only ones guilty of this but they are not innocent of it either.
Blacks think the worst of white culture (selfish, hyper-individualism, emotionally cold, etc.). Whites think the worst of black culture (lack of personal responsibility, quick to blame society, etc.).
If Hispanics pushed bilingualism in education and employment many Blacks would side with Anglo Whites in opposing this. The thought being "this is American speak English." It all comes to finding the balance of individual responsibility and social responsibility. The two are not mutually exclusive. Presidents Clinton and Obama have stated much of what D'Souza states. Clinton passed welfare reform in the mid-1990's. Obama pushes personal responsibility in his Brother's Keeper program. Jesse Jackson has said similar things in the past as well. The problem with D'Souza is that he is a conservative Republican associated with the white Conservative Republican establishment that is viewed with suspicion my many people of color. Often it is as much about the messenger as the message.
I give D'Souza credit for expanding the bounds of debate. Nonetheless he has his blind spots. If I could give this book two and a half stars I would. Can't hence two stars.
Dinesh D'Souza is a scholar that dares to challenge the premise of seemingly closed issues. He questions everything and hence, comes up with the painful truth through volumes of books, article and facts. Lovers of the status quo will denounce his work, often with nothing intelligent to say in defense.
I am amused by the negative ratings the left has given this book. I challenge one of them to write a rebuttal to his book or at the very least, publicly debate him. I cherish the life God has given me therefor.....I will not hold my breath on that challenge.
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