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False Black Power? (New Threats to Freedom Series) Paperback – June 15, 2017
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“What makes this book shine is the clarity of its logic and accessibility of its writing style. In a short book, Riley makes his case powerfully. . . . He also had the guts to include critiques from two leading black intellectuals, John McWhorter and Glenn Loury, and his response. This is a man to respect because he is after the truth and results, not cheap points.” —Thomas Lifson, American thinker
“I have just finished reading part I of Jason Riley’s new book False Black Power?, which NRO is excerpting today, and I want to recommend it right away as highly as I can” —Roger Clegg, National Review
"The thrust of his slim but significant new book, False Black Power?, from Templeton Press, is the politically incorrect conclusion that black “political clout is no substitute for self-development." —Mark Tapson, Front Page Mag
About the Author
Glenn C. Loury is the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and professor of economics at Brown University. His books include One by One from the Inside Out: Essays and Reviews on Race and Responsibility in America; The Anatomy of Racial Inequality; and Race, Incarceration, and American Values. Among other honors, he has been elected a distinguished fellow of the American Economic Association, a fellow of the Econometric Society, a member of the American Philosophical Society, and a member of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations.
John McWhorter is associate professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He is the author of The Power of Babel, Doing Our Own Thing, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue, The Language Hoax, Words on the Move and, most recently, Talking Back, Talking Black. He is a regular columnist on language matters and race issues for Time and CNN, writes for the Wall Street Journal Taste page, writes a regular column on language for the Atlantic, and hosts the Lexicon Valley podcast at Slate.
- Publisher : Templeton Press; First edition (June 15, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 128 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1599475189
- ISBN-13 : 978-1599475189
- Item Weight : 4.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.5 x 7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #272,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author succeeds in showing that the sharp rise of black political power at every level of government has not advanced, but actually impeded, black upward mobility because it has relied (counter productively) on victim status as a tool for gaining and maintaining power. Notably, the author illustrates that liberal policies, such as affirmative action and the Great Society program, stymied the economic and social advancement that blacks gained before these programs were adopted in 1960s. Moreover, the author illustrates how blacks before the 1960s succeeded--and did so despite structural racism--because they had strong communities and families. Thus, contrary to liberal ideology, blacks are generally not being disadvantaged by whatever remains of structural racism (or the lingering effects of slavery and Jim Crow laws), but by social decay and the erosion of a strong family structure.
This reader enjoyed the constructive criticism provided at the end of the book by John McWorter who argues persuasively that Jason Riley’s argument focuses too much on the greatly-diminished political clout of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, and not enough on current progressive commentators (e.g., Ta-Nehishi Coates) and social media sources who have made it feel conscientious if not “cool” to stereotype blacks as victims who require more and more government support to succeed—a position that McWorter finds patronizing, to say the least.
Overall, the book is a measured and compelling attack on identity politics and is critical of liberals whose policies, contrary to their alleged intentions, are harming those who they claim to be trying to help.
The first thing that I can say is that this author owes a great deal of intellectual debt to Thomas Sowell (and he says as much).
If you want to get the real story on this at greater length, then I recommend any number of Sowell's books.
1. Intellectuals and Race
2. Race And Culture: A World View (This is part of a trilogy.)
3. Affirmative Action Around the World: An Empirical Study (Yale Nota Bene S)
There is also the primary author's own good book. Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed
Or, one can go back to the very first of all these self help books written. Up From Slavery
Who could this book be for? (It is not really for the present reviewer, because the author is preaching to the choir.)
1. It is for people that might want an introduction to black authors that have an "alternative" viewpoint. In addition to the ones that I have mentioned, there was also introduced Orlando Patterson and WJ Wilson.
2. It is for people who want easy examples of actual data on how the situation for black people actually worsened under the first black president.
3. It is for people who need an antidote to the articulate (but wrong) Professional Victimologists (TaNehisi Coates, et. al.)
I do have one major quibble with Riley: (p. 37). He says that black people have been putting emphasis on political power since the 1960s. I think that he's off by a hundred years or so. WEB DuBois wrote about this notion that all problems could be solved by solving the underlying political logic of current circumstances. F. Douglass was the orator and professional talker that never got anything done. Marcus Garvey was the fundraiser/ leader who ran a shipping business that hired every single person to work EXCEPT people that were in the shipping industry. (But the business did have lots of symbolic calls to ports.)
This discussion has been going on since the Reconstruction.
In many ways, this reminds me of something that I read years ago. When Men of Words see something some way, they have a lot of power to create a fictional reality. Why are black people such a favorite toy of intellectuals?
1. Western Intellectuals have a terrible ax to grind against Western Civilization. And black people are a great tool with which to do this--both in terms of having Talking Points AND finding ways to make people accept something that is unpalatable.
2. (Ann Coulter): "Whenever the left talks about 'racism,' it has nothing to do with what's good or bad for black people. It's just another event in the Fabulous White People competition, where black people are the chips. This is what makes them feel superior to other people, especially other white people. It's not about racism, sexism, homophobia, etc.; it's just a self-actualization movement for people with emotional issues."
Of the book itself:
1. It reads more like a broadside than a book. It has just a little too much to be a single chapter in an anthology, but not quite enough to be a book.
2. The whole thing can be read in a couple of hours. Much is said in few words.
Verdict: Recommended at the price of about $5.