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Uncivil Wars: The Controversy Over Reparations for Slaveryby David Horowitz
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The idea that taxpayers should pay reparations to African Americans for the damages of slavery and segregation is quickly becoming a central demand of some civil rights leaders. It has the backing of important black politicians like Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich), distinguished black intellectuals like Henry Louis Gates and activists like Randall Robinson, who led the successful boycott movement against South Africa a decade ago. The Chicago City Council has overwhelmingly endorsed the concept and municipalities and state governments around the country are considering giving it support.
But this book is more than just an in depth casebook on the hot button issue of reparations. In the hope of initiating a dialogue, Horowitz originally presented a summary of his ideas on this subject in the form of an advertisement that appeared in several college newspapers and was rejected by many more. Editorialists in America's leading papers and several chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union weighed on Horowitz's side. With the assistance of Richard Poe, Horowitz uses the response to the reparations issue to show how the new racial orthodoxy collides with the free speech battle and what its implications are for American education and culture.
Book News Annotation:
In this strongly worded argument, Horowitz defends his opposition to the proposal to pay reparations to African Americans for the damages of slavery and segregation. He responds to his critics, including their statements in full, making his case for, among other subjects, how free blacks and the free descendents of black slaves as well as whites benefited from slavery.
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In this well researched and carefully argued book, Horowitz traces the origins of the reparations movement and its implications for American education and culture.
Uncivil Wars shows what happens when the new racial orthodoxy collides with tolerance and free speech and what the implications of this conflict are for American education and culture.
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