By John McWhorter
Selecting up the place the bestselling wasting the Race left off, this penetrating and profound choice of essays by means of the arguable philosopher and passionate suggest for racial enlightenment and fulfillment explores what it capacity to be black in the United States this present day. in accordance with the writer, approximately 40 years after the Civil Rights Act, African-Americans during this nation nonetheless stay "a race apart." He feels that smooth black american citizens have internalized a tacit message: "authentically black" humans tension initiative in deepest yet cloak the race in victimhood in public with a view to shield black humans from an ever-looming white backlash. He phrases this the "New Double realization" in homage to W.E.B. DuBois' description of a special form of double cognizance in blacks a century in the past. inside of this context McWhorter takes the reader on a guided journey throughout the race concerns dominant in our second: racial profiling, getting previous race, the reparations stream, black stereotypes in movie and tv, hip-hop, range, affirmative motion, the observe nigger, and Cornel West's resignation from Harvard. together with his fierce intelligence and fervent eloquence, McWhorter makes a strong case for the development of real racial equality. A well timed and significant paintings approximately matters that needs to be addressed by means of blacks and whites alike, Authentically Black is a ebook for american citizens of each racial, social, political, and financial persuasion.
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Extra info for Authentically Black: Essays for the Black Silent Majority
Fewer and fewer of us black Americans are now old enough to remember a time when “racism” was not a pungent, manipulative buzzword, when a revelation that such-and-such white person might be a “racist” was not a dramatic high point in a black conversation, when black leaders smoking out purported “racism” in contexts no one black or white suspected it existed was not a staple of the evening news. ” many whites often wonder. “Stirring all that stuff up” is another way whites often put it. Both metaphors reveal a sense that racism is now something down below, which would just burn itself out if people weren’t always poking around in the embers down there.
Pull away this card and the whole house would fall down. In Losing the Race, I argued that black America has been hob- Profiling and “Getting Past Race” ■ 39 bled by three nested ideologies since the late 1960s. The adoption of victimhood as a racial identity (the cult of Victimology) spawns a sense that black people are subject to looser standards of judgment (the cult of Separatism), which in turns leads to a sense of intellectual excellence (beyond that applying directly to blacks) as something exterior to “blackness” (the cult of Anti-Intellectualism).
To beat the New Double Consciousness will mean letting go of other routines now taken as ordinary. , evidence of residual racism—as a cosmic injury on the level of lynching. ” In one anecdote he presented, a white man dropped a quarter into the empty coffee cup a black student of his was holding while standing on a corner, mistaking her for a homeless person. ” One might see the white man’s impulse as the very pity and guilt that so many seek. D. and living a life of grace and accomplishment. If this one little episode compromises her ability to develop a sense of, in Du Bois’s terms, “self-conscious manhood,” then prospects are dire for the African-American race.