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McWhorter, a linguistics professor, ventures again into his sideline as a black public intellectual as he did in his earlier work, Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America (2000), this time examining the direction--or misdirection--of black leadership in America. His working assumption is that black leaders--wedded to the political left, the Democratic Party, and affirmative action--are out of step with the times. He argues that the civil rights era is dead, and appropriately so. The new battleground against racism requires individual rather than collective action. McWhorter criticizes the icons and issues of black leadership from Randall Robinson on reparations, to Jesse Jackson's shakedown of lucrative deals for his friends, to Al Sharpton for perpetuating notions of victimhood. McWhorter's criticism of this old vanguard of the civil rights movement is formulaic in the mode of the Republican right wing. However, his real contribution to the debate regarding new directions for racial progressiveness is his emphasis on the positives of black endurance and progress. Despite its partisan slant, this is a worthy book. Vernon Ford
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“McWhorter writes elegantly and covers plenty of turf . . . which ranges from rap music to reparations . . . [An] important book.” (The Wall Street Journal) “Bill O’Reilly with a Ph.D.” (Black Issues Book Review) “McWhorter’s answer to the huge debate sparked by those who read his first book Losing the Race… Authentically Black is sure to keep the fire under the race topic burning.” (Jean Nash Johnson, The Dallas Morning News) “Authentically Black is not the usual approach to race relations in America, and, for that matter alone, people should read it.” (Brian Lewis, The Tennessean)


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John H. McWhorter, 37-year-old Afro-American and linguistics Professor, criticizes the image identification of his brothers and sisters with a certain maliciousness, an image as on the one hand constructed by liberal left-wing politics, on the other hand advanced by pop culture . The politics is tightly still too much attached to the no longer quite realistic, melodramatic idea, that the blacks are still the victims (Al Sharpton) in a territory, where still racism subliminally exists. McWhorter denies this. He slaughters a sacred cow, of which many blacks think, though, one still needs her for milking. However John McWhorter thinks that all non-whites, whether Asians, Latinos or Afro-Americans have fair chances at school or at professional areas in the USA at present. Perhaps he overflows (to the joy of some Republicans eternal of yesterday) with such an assertion to the store of the opponents. Perhaps he formulates something which has been already recognized by psychologists as important: take a look at the book of Martin Seligman, "Learned Optimism". A passive victim mentality is dysfunctional, only self consciousness seems saving - and if it is only an individual bridge, at first one makes progress alone (without the populace, following later). McWhorter preaches, that restrictingly is a self-produced whininess, is to bury oneself with gestures of a subculture behavior: Hip Hop is not important and also not important is to wear the cap turned round differently. Of such irrelevant nonsense, please one shall come loose. Black identity may not be equated to the dead end of "reparations payments" (Randall Robinson) or with hip swing acrobatics. One should copy the joy of achieving great things like the Asians practice -- instead of equating himself with the failed eternally.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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John H. McWhorter, 37jähriger Afro-Amerikaner und Linguistik-Professor, kritisiert mit einer gewissen Boshaftigkeit die Image-Identifizierung seiner Brüder und Schwestern - wie sie einerseits durch liberale Politik, andererseits durch Pop-Kultur vorangetrieben werde. Die Politik hänge noch zu sehr an der nicht mehr ganz realistischen, melodramatischen Vorstellung fest, die Schwarzen seien immer noch Opfer (Al Sharpton) in einem Territorium, in welchem Rassismus noch unterschwellig herrsche. McWhorter bestreitet dies. Damit schlachtet er allerdings eine heilige Kuh, von der viele Schwarze glauben, das man sie noch zum Melken benötige. Jedoch John McWhorter glaubt, dass alle Nicht-Weißen, ob Asiaten, Latinos oder Afro-Amerikaner faire schulische und berufliche Chancen derzeit in den USA haben. Vielleicht läuft er mit einer solchen Behauptung in das Lager der Gegner über (zur Freude einiger ewig-gestriger Republikaner). Vielleicht formuliert er aber etwas, was von Psychologen längst als wichtig erkannt worden ist (Seligman): Passive Opfermentalität ist dysfunktional, rettend wirkt nur Selbstbewusstsein, und wenn es nur eine individuelle Brücke ist, die man zunächst alleine voranschreitet - ohne die breite Masse. Hinderlich sei eine selbsterzeugte Wehleidigkeit predigt McWhorter, ein Sich-Vergraben in subkulturellen Gesten: Hip-Hop sei nicht wichtig und auch nicht, die Mütze anders herumgedreht zu tragen. Von solch irrelevantem Blödsinn solle man sich bitte lösen. Schwarze Identität dürfe nicht mit Hüftschwung-Akrobatik oder der Sackgasse "Reparationszahlungen" (Randall Robinson) gleichgesetzt werden.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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HASH(0x92b008d0) von 5 Sternen Yes, professor 29. Januar 2003
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If I were the kind of person who got into bar fights I'd want Professor McWhorter to back me up because he's as scrappy as a welterweight boxer. In Authentically Black he's on the attack. McWhorter fearlessly in a series of essays says a number of things the "silent majority" regular black people think and say in private.
Some of the essays are serious, others are quite funny. McWhorter pokes fun at poet Amiri Baraka, and Jesse Jackson. He demolishes Randall Robinson's arguments in The Debt and takes on pompous Donald Bogle and Cornell West with ease. McWhorter calls a fool a fool and challenges a number of racial assumptions. He slaughters every sacred cow I can think and does it with glee.
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HASH(0x92b00924) von 5 Sternen Eye-Opening 13. November 2005
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McWhorter considers himself a moderate black man. He is an academian in linguistics, but his second career is in writing and speaking about black issues. He has written a series of essays about the current problems facing blacks in America, many of which have been previously published. In this book, he expands on these essays, giving us a profound overview of the victimization attitude which contributes to the resistance to deracialization of blacks here in the USA.

I have a black friend who likes to play the race card at the drop of a hat. This leaves me with nothing to say, unless we both are willing to have a lengthy private conversation, which may or may not be productive. McWhorter has covered in this book topics I would like to discuss with my friend - has said it much better than I could - and has done it from a personal, studied, and comprehensive vantage point. Below are short excerpts from the chapters of this excellent book, mostly in his words.

Chapter I - Many blacks are careful to portray a pessimistic public outlook in order to "keep whitey on the hook." Privately, their silent mainly middle class majority wish they could have just one generation that didn't absorb this complex cultural victimization attitude. One generation would do it.

Chapter II - Racial profiling is a fact. Other than inconvenient examples of thoughtless inconsideration - which are just as easily overlooked - this remains the last bastion of overt racism. Yet a young black male usually did it, a problem that began with the war on drugs. A powerful and thoughtful analysis, advocating that a cultural bias (within the black community) against real achievement and education works against blacks.

Chapter III - The reparations movement - re: Randall Robinson's book, "The Debt." With the advantages legislated in by Johnson, blacks have been given all the boost they can expect. "Most blacks about fifty or younger tend to tacitly process affirmative a 'reparation,' although they would not put it just that way...The fact that Robinson and the reparation crowd cannot see the alternative views as even worthy of addressing indicates their true interest - assuaging the sense of inferiority to whites that gnaws at the black American soul."

Chapter IV - Review of Bogle's "Primitive Blues," or playing the "can you find the stereotype" game. Bogle blames the TV industry since all shows are not like his preferential type (Cosby), criticizing all actors involved no matter how they perform their role. McWhorter gives the optimistic view, reflecting how the TV industry is well on its way toward an integrated and "deracialized" future.

Chapter V - Diversity - "There comes a point where a people can only achieve at the same level as the ruling group if the safety net is withdrawn."

Chapter VI - McWhorter analyses the "N" word from all vantage points: "Once we have done the right thing for ourselves - which is what interests me - the word will no longer seem so interesting." A fascinating chapter.

Chapter VII - African History - "Black Americans would benefit more from a conception of history focusing not on Africa but on the US: blacks in America speaking english, worshipping a Christian God, living with whites, in a post-industrial society." This chapter then gives a brief essay of McWhorter's idea of what black history should be.

Chapter VIII - Black academics and doing the right thing.

Chapter IX - A seething indictment of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton; then a thoughtful presentation of new black leaders who are quietly doing the right things.

This is a superb book that builds interest gradually until it can barely be put down. If you're not black, there is probably much that has escaped your notice. Having read "Authentically Black," I now possess a vastly better understanding of the situation and recommend this book be promoted to the top of your list.
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HASH(0x92b00c00) von 5 Sternen Picks up where LOSING THE RACE leaves off. 19. Februar 2003
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John McWhorter's "Authentically Black" picks up where his best-selling tell-it-like-it-is "Losing the Race" leaves off. He is not afraid to turn the microscope on black America and force us to take a hard look our current ways of thinking and how they hinder us from fully realizing our potential as the powerful people that we are. In fact, the author does so with surgical precison in this book, which is why black "flaming leftist" critics like Ishmael Reed have basically resorted to such childish tactics as calling the man names (e.g. "a rent-a-black who only writes and says what conservative whites want to hear." Give me a break!) instead of trying to offer thoughtful rebuttals to his arguments. They can't refute him, quite frankly, because deep down people like Reed know that McWhorter is telling the truth. Period.
One of the most important themes of this book is that the author wants black Americans to stop emphasizing black plight and misery and all the negative aspects of our history, while treating our successes as anecdotal "exceptions" (a constant theme in more liberal black American discourse these days). In other words, let's ACCENT THE POSITIVES: i.e., focus more on black American achievements of yesterday and today (two notable examples being that the current U.S. secretary of state and national security adviser are both black). As he states poignantly, a people cannot continue to stress how strong it is if it constantly focuses on the negative aspects of its history and current state of affairs. McWhorter blasts such an oxymoronic way of thinking, while reiterating a point he made in "LOSING THE RACE" that black American success stories nowadays are not longer "the exception" - they are THE NORM.
John McWhorter represents the most refreshing and eye-opening contribution to the dialogue on American race relations since Shelby Steele and Thomas Sowell. This book along with "Losing the Race" should be required reading in every African-American studies and sociology college curriculum in the country.
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HASH(0x8dc25144) von 5 Sternen Authentically Black: Essays for the Black Silent Majority 12. März 2003
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I first must admit that prior to seeing an interview with John McWhorter on television in March 2003, I had never heard of him or his books. I was so enthused and validated by his interview that a couple of days later I purchased this book and his book "Losing the Race". I have long been frustrated by the negative manner of thinking that is seemingly handed down from generation to generation as though it's a badge of honor, by my fellow black Americans. I have not completed Authentically Black, but I am still compelled to write this review. Primarily because I feel that it is imperative that this book be purchased by as many black or bi-racial Americans ASAP! This book is a must read and it is one that I will have my younger children read as they grow older. Internalized oppression/victimhood is holding our race captive. Ideas, thoughts and beliefs set forth in McWhorter's book, are principles that may not be adopted for another 25 years. Which is a sad commentary.
It is so refreshing to read a young black author who is not afraid of having "tomatoes" thrown at him and who is verbalizing thoughts that I have had for awhile now, but not being as articulate as McWhorter, I couldn't quite verbalize my thoughts. Now I have a book that does just that.
Thanks John McWhorter for being brave and willing to break out of the mold. More of us are following.
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HASH(0x8dc2515c) von 5 Sternen Authentically Bold 20. Februar 2003
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As someone interested in learning more about race issues in America, I recently picked up John McWhorter's "Authentically Black" and was pleasantly surprised. Professor McWhorter's essays are well-constructed and to the point, and bound to create controversy, particularly among blacks. The concept of a "black silent majority" is new to me, which could have something to do with the fact that it is silent and I am white. If I have any concern, it's how to interpret other contemporary books I've read on race, particularly those written by Cornel West. McWhorter's reaction to West's resignation from Harvard last year seems a bit severe, in my opinion. On the other hand, I'm almost reluctant to admit that I agree with his opinions on Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Perhaps my greater concern is how to approach black people without knowing which side of the argument they're on. If the majority is indeed silent, how am I to know and what can I do to change it? Or is any attempt to change a silent majority into a more vocal one relevant to the discussion? "Authentically Black" packs a powerful punch and Professor McWhorter should be commended for raising some very difficult questions that affect Americans of every race.
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