Category Archives: Race

Two Nations 3

My latest reading of Andrew Hacker’s 1992 (updated for 1995) book, Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal focused on inequality in income and employment.  In Losing the Race, John McWhorter argued that most African-Americans are not poor, and … Continue reading

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Two Nations 2

My latest reading of Andrew Hacker’s Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal talked about single-parent households among African-Americans.  On the one hand, there are African-American men who, lacking opportunities to prove their worth to others, try to prove … Continue reading

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Two Nations 1

I started Andrew Hacker’s Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal.  I have the 1995 version, which includes reflections about the O.J. Simpson verdict.  An African-American friend a long time ago recommended this book to me to show me … Continue reading

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Losing the Race 8

I finished John McWhorter’s Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America, but I will most likely still be referring to it as I blog about other books for Black History Month.  In this post, I will highlight something that McWhorter … Continue reading

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Losing the Race 7: A Different World

On page 259 of Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America, John McWhorter comments on the sitcom A Different World, which was created by Bill Cosby: “One of the sweetest television pleasures I have ever experienced was the late, great … Continue reading

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Losing the Race 6: Ebonics

In my latest reading of Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America, John McWhorter talks about the issue of Ebonics, which is an African-American dialect.  Specifically, McWhorter is addressing a 1996 resolution by the Oakland school board to treat Ebonics … Continue reading

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Losing the Race 5

For my blog post today about John McWhorter’s 2000 book, Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America, I will use as my starting point a story that McWhorter tells on page 172.  The context is the controversy surrounding Proposition 209 … Continue reading

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Losing the Race 4

For my post today about John McWhorter’s 2000 book, Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America, I’d like to talk about McWhorter’s discussion of crime.  On pages 13-15, McWhorter seeks to refute what he calls “Article of Faith Number Five” … Continue reading

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Losing the Race 3

A lot of pages in John McWhorter’s 2000 book Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America—-a little over eighty—-are devoted to anti-intellectualism within the African-American community.  According to McWhorter, there is an anti-intellectual element of African-American culture that is behind … Continue reading

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Losing the Race 2

My plan is to blog about John McWhorter’s Losing the Race every day that I read it, but I often feel that I should hold off on commenting before I finish the book and read other perspectives, since I don’t … Continue reading

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