Losing The Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America

Paperback | July 31, 2001

byJohn Mcwhorter

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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.

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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 viru...

John McWhorter, associate professor of linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, is the author of The Word on the Street. He lives in Oakland, California.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.73 inPublished:July 31, 2001Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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“Losing the Race is a sincere call to face the unpleasant truths behind black underachievement. If these debilitating trends are ever to be reversed, [McWhorter’s] call must be heeded.” (Wall Street Journal)