- Taschenbuch: 320 Seiten
- Verlag: Harper Perennial; Auflage: Perennial. (31. Juli 2001)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0060935936
- ISBN-13: 978-0060935931
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,5 x 1,9 x 20,3 cm
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Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 31. Juli 2001
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For the past two decades, an academic cottage industry has developed to analyze--and some would say overemphasize--the social and educational problems of African Americans. Such writers as Dinesh D'Souza, Shelby Steele, Armstrong Williams, and Ken Hamblin have all contributed in this area; now add to that list John McWhorter, a Berkeley linguistics professor and the author of Word on the Street, an examination of Ebonics and Black English. The basic idea he presents in this occasionally insightful if flawed book is that African Americans are not advancing socially as a result of victimology, separatism, and anti-intellectualism.
According to the author, victimology "has become a keystone of cultural blackness to treat victimhood not as a problem to be solved but as an identity to be nurtured," while "separatism encourages black Americans to conceive of black people as an unofficial sovereign entity, within which the rules other Americans are expected to follow are suspended out of a belief that our victimhood renders us morally exempt from them." Anti-intellectualism is a belief that "school is a 'white' endeavor." McWhorter suggests that only blacks embrace such opinions, placing most of the blame on them while underemphasizing the institutional racism that facilitates such views. Needless to say, McWhorter has no love for the likes of Al Sharpton, Hazel Carby, June Jordan, or Patricia Williams and their ilk. His chapter on Ebonics, his specialty, is the most nuanced, though certainly not the final word on the matter. And though some readers will be turned off by his use of tired anti-affirmative-action, right-wing clichés, anyone interested in the education of African Americans in the post civil rights era will find Losing the Race a worthy read. --Eugene Holley Jr. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
Stephan and Abigail Thernstrom, co-authors of "America in Black and White: One Nation, Indivisible" This brilliant, sparkling, effervescent book, brimming with life, is a joy to read. Blending personal history and social science evidence, McWhorter courageously confronts the problem of black academic underachievement -- the most important source of ongoing racial inequality today. "Losing the Race" is a stunning achievement that should not be ignored by anyone interested in solutions to the country's oldest and still greatest dilemma. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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On C-Span he spoke about Black students being disinterested in his class while White students were interested. He spoke of Black students not trying. He then said he noticed this trend throughout his life. I would not dispute much of what he had to say on C-Span, but I am not sure about his conclusions or his concerns. He seems to take these antidotes and use them to make an argument about anti-intellectualism among Black Americans.
I think one could make the argument for anti-intellectualism in the larger American culture. His argument that Blacks are more likely to tease one another about doing well in school then other races can only be antidotal. I am certain some whites are anti-intellectual. I love county music and I have heard quite a bit of redneck pride that is definitely anti-intellectual. How intellectual is 'Joe six-pack'? (Has anybody caught Jay Leno's average American answering his questions - their intelligence is truly frightening.)
As a former teacher and student, I have seen disinterested students they come in all races and socioeconomic classes. (When I was in high school students who were more interested in getting high then doing their schoolwork were called derelicts. There was no racial or economic requirement to become a member of that group.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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John McWhorter, disguised as benevolent human being, is a right conservative, who reproaches the black population a responsible for their misery, because they flee in self-pity... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 20. Oktober 2005 von FrizzText
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