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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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 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 the ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
The New Black Double Consciousness
Profiling and Getting Past Race
What Have You Done for Me Lately? The Reparations Movement
The Can You Find the Stereotype? Game Blacks on Television
Arent You in Favor of Diversity? White Guilt and University Admissions
The Unbearable Lightness of The N Word
We Dont Learn Our History
Black Academics and Doing the Right Thing They Dont Care What You Know Till They Know That You Care?
The New Black Leadership
Afterword
Index About the Author

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John McWhorter is the author of the bestseller Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America, The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language, and four other books. He is associate professor of linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and a contributing editor to The City Journal and The New Republic. He has been profiled in the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and has appeared on Dateline NBC, Politically Incorrect, and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

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