Berkeley linguistics professor John McWhorter, born at the dawn of the post-Civil Rights era, spent years trying to make sense of this question. Now he dares to say the unsayable: racism's ugliest legacy is the disease of defeatism that has infected black America. Losing the Race explores the three main components of this cultural virus: the cults of victimology, separatism, and antiintellectualism that are making blacks their own worst enemies in the struggle for success.
More angry than Stephen Carter, more pragmatic and compassionate than Shelby Steele, more forward-looking than Stanley Crouch, McWhorter represents an original and provocative point of view. With Losing the Race, a bold new voice rises among black intellectuals....Continua
McWorther is an Academic who writes about African Americans, and he is controversial among black academics.
I think he raises very interesting questions and the book is well-worth reading, but then I often like books which present topics from an unusual angle.
From my very limited experience, having lived just on year in the US, I found some of the questions McWorther raised echoed some of the thoughts I had had when living among Americans.
I've also found some of the ideas in this book useful to analyze race relations in France.
When I read reviews about books McWhorther had written later, I wondered whether the author was not overplaying the "provocation" card, but in my view, he does not do that in "Winning the Race"....Continua