Authentically Black: Essays for the Black Silent Majority by John McWhorter

By John McWhorter

Determining up the place the bestselling wasting the Race left off, this penetrating and profound selection of essays via the arguable philosopher and passionate recommend for racial enlightenment and fulfillment explores what it potential to be black in the US this day. based on 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 that allows you to defend black humans from an ever-looming white backlash. He phrases this the "New Double cognizance" in homage to W.E.B. DuBois' description of a unique type of double recognition in blacks a century in the past. inside of this context McWhorter takes the reader on a guided journey during the race matters dominant in our second: racial profiling, getting previous race, the reparations stream, black stereotypes in movie and tv, hip-hop, variety, affirmative motion, the notice nigger, and Cornel West's resignation from Harvard. together with his fierce intelligence and fervent eloquence, McWhorter makes a robust case for the development of real racial equality. A well timed and demanding paintings approximately concerns that needs to be addressed by way of blacks and whites alike, Authentically Black is a publication for americans of each racial, social, political, and fiscal persuasion.

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We must not flinch, for example, when a black or white writer proclaims the simple fact that most black people are not poor. There is not the slightest evidence that whites hearing this are going to eliminate welfare completely, bar The New Black Double Consciousness ■ 31 black students from universities, and take to dragging black people from their homes and hanging them from trees. Arrant discrimination is now illegal—white people regularly lose their jobs for even calling us dirty names. The rest is up to us to accomplish de- spite life’s imperfections.

She, in step with the Victorian ideology of her era, would not have jibed with the Mother Africa concept that so many have pointed us to since the 1960s. And The New Black Double Consciousness ■ 33 though this notion has its good points, after thirty years it has had little genuine impact on most of us beyond sartorial statements and Kwanzaa. We are centuries beyond Africa; Nigerians and Botswanans are foreign to us—we are at heart a distinctly American people. Are we haunted by a sense that our tragic history right here in this country doesn’t offer much to be proud of?

W hen I was growing up in the 1970s, my elders defended the victim-centered perspective on the basis of representa- tion in higher positions in society. ” Obviously, those questions are no longer possible. But today, with a black secretary of state and national security adviser, black television shows and movies produced by the dozens each year, and Atlanta of all places with a black female mayor, the victimologist position has a new crutch. Recite the ever more encouraging statistics on black economic advancement till you’re blue in the face—the images at the front of all too many black minds are Rodney King, Amadou Diallo, and a tableau of cell blocks dominated by angry black male faces.

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