From Publishers Weekly
Arguing that white racism is more an excuse for black failure than an explanation, Taylor ( Shadows of the Rising Sun: A Critical View of the Japanese Miracle ) challenges racial orthodoxies, but with very limited success. Ranging through studies and press accounts, Taylor effectively catalogues numerous black excesses in the name of solidarity (such as jurors' defenses of former D.C. mayor Marion Barry, ultimately convicted of one charge--possession of cocaine--of 14 brought against him); he notes that blacks commit far more interracial violent crimes than whites do; he criticizes "race-norming" in employment tests; and he dissects studies concluding that police are more likely to shoot blacks (instances of shootings, he argues, are in fact proportionate to arrests for violent crime). But Taylor, who is white, too easily dismisses the notion of institutional racism; he simplistically argues that Asian achievements prove that American racism is not so great an obstacle to success; and he can't understand the role of black-only organizations. Arguing that the problem of the underclass is mainly a moral one, Taylor disregards economics. Instead, he calls for get-tough police practices, favors mandatory, no-appeal death sentences for drug dealers and suggests that to combat "reckless procreation" the government should require female welfare recipients to use the contraceptive Norplant. His blurred distinctions between the "underclass" and blacks reveal his biases.
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About the Author
Jared Taylor was born in Japan, where he lived until he was 16 years old. He has a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Yale University and a master's degree in international economics from l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris
.He has worked as an international lending office for a major New York bank and as a consultant to companies doing business in Japan. For three yeas he was the West Coast Editor of PC
(Personal Computing) Magazine
, and has published articles and essays in the following publications: Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Washington Star, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, National Review, Chronicles.
Since 1994, Jared Taylor has been the president of New Century Foundation, which publishes AmRen.com, a website devoted to issues of race and immigration.
He is the author of the following books: Shadows of the Rising Sun: A Critical View of the Japanese Miracle
, 1983, 336 pp., William Morrow & Co. Paved With Good Intensions: The Failure of Race Relations in Contemporary America,
1992, 416 pp., Carol and Graf (now part of Avalon Publishing). The Tyranny of the New and Other Essays
, 1992, Kinseido Publishers (Tokyo), 89 pp.
Jared Taylor lives with his family in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC.