Synopses & Reviews
The critically acclaimed book from the bestselling author of Losing the Race
and The Power of Babel
John McWhorter is one of the most original and provocative thinkers on the issue of race in America today. In Authentically Black McWhorter argues that although African-Americans stress hard work and initiative in private, they have assumed the mantle of victimhood in the eyes of the public and have thereby created a distorted meaning of what it is to be authentically black. McWhorter takes on this mentality and its debilitating implicationsin topics ranging from rap music to the reparations movement, to the portrayal of African-Americans on television to racial profiling injecting new ideas and a fresh approach into the nationwide debate on race. Authentically Black is a powerful and important book that will inform and influence the opinions of Americans across all racial and political spectra.
McWhorter writes elegantly and covers plenty of turf . . . which ranges from rap music to reparations . . . [An] important book. (The Wall Street Journal) Bill OReilly with a Ph.D. (Black Issues Book Review) McWhorters answer to the huge debate sparked by those who read his first book Losing the Race
Authentically Black is sure to keep the fire under the race topic burning. (Jean Nash Johnson, The Dallas Morning News) Authentically Black is not the usual approach to race relations in America, and, for that matter alone, people should read it. (Brian Lewis, The Tennessean)
About the Author
John McWhorter is associate professor of linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and a contributing editor to City Journal and The New Republic. He is the author of seven books, including the bestseller Losing the Race, The Power of Babel, and Doing Our Own Thing.