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The Racist Mind: Portraits of American Neo-Nazis and Klansmen Paperback – July 1, 1996
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Various techniques used by Ezekiel include responding to the arguments and comments of the interviewee within the context of the book. For instance, they will make some remark about Jews always feeling sorry for themselves. Rather than respond in the interview, Ezekiel will add his rebuttal into the book itself, after the interview, thereby denying the chance for the person to respond. Also, using the same example, Ezekiel will criticize a member for their stereotypical remarks, and then include a line in the book to the effect of, "I don't think Jews feel sorry for themselves. I think we actually are very empathetic." In both his use of the word, "we", and attributing empathy to all Jewish people, he is doing exactly what the interviewee did---namely, attributing one characteristic to an entire group of people. But because it's a compliment and Ezekiel is Jewish, he feels that it's alright that he speak for an entire people.
I felt some of the book was worthwhile, especially his look at the background of the people that he interviewed, allowing for a better look at what may be the draw for these people to the movement. But due to the various flaws I mentioned above, I don't feel that the book wasn't so much a portrait of the racist mind, but a subjective look at people who I couldn't help but feel Ezekiel set up in order to arrive at his preconceived notions.
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I constantly run across books like these written by Jewish egghead academics who interview and/or hang out with "extremists" here and there for a year or so and then write a book... Read morePublished on February 5, 2010 by Cwn_Annwn
I have known in the past several of the people Mr. Ezekiel spent time on for his book, and despite his tireless (and increasingly annoying) left-wing babble, he paints a fairly... Read morePublished on May 29, 2003 by Cvwbiloxi
Raphael "Rafe" Ezekiel wrote this book as a result of his numerous field studies on hate groups and their members. Read morePublished on December 27, 2000 by Jeffrey Leach