Authentically Black

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Penguin, Jan 27, 2003 - Social Science - 304 pages
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The critically acclaimed book from the bestselling author of Losing the Race and The Power of Babel

John McWhorter is one of the most original and provocative thinkers on the issue of race in America today. In Authentically Black McWhorter argues that although African-Americans stress hard work and initiative in private, they have assumed the mantle of victimhood in the eyes of the public and have thereby created a distorted meaning of what it is to be "authentically black." McWhorter takes on this mentality and its debilitating implications—in topics ranging from rap music to the reparations movement, to the portrayal of African-Americans on television to racial profiling— injecting new ideas and a fresh approach into the nationwide debate on race. Authentically Black is a powerful and important book that will inform and influence the opinions of Americans across all racial and political spectra.


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Authentically Black: essays for the Black silent majority

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America's race dilemma demands urgent attention, insists McWhorter (linguistics, Berkeley) in nine pieces collected from his recent writings as something of a sequel to his 2000 sensation, Losing ... Read full review

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'In this book, McWhorter takes on a lot of hot button issues and with each one he makes his case without flinching. What makes his book of value is his forthright analysis of the self-defeating ... Read full review


1The New Black Double Consciousness  
2Profiling and Getting Past Race  
3What Have You Done for Me Lately?The Reparations Movement  
4The Can You Find the Stereotype? GameBlacks on Television  
5Arent You in Favor of Diversity?White Guilt and University Admissions  
6The Unbearable Lightness of The N Word  
7We Dont Learn Our History  
8Black Academics and Doing the Right ThingThey Dont Care What You Know Till They Know That You Care?  
9The New Black Leadership  
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