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 MajorityUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Rousing essays on the nature of being African-American today and a dissection of currents the author of Losing the Race (2000) finds self-defeating.Racism is not the greatest problem facing black ... Read full review
Authentically Black: essays for the Black silent majorityUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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 the ... Read full review
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The New Black Leadership
Index About the Author