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  • Black People Should Stop Expecting White America To 'Wake Up' To Racism

    07/12/2015 8:59:07 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 91 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 07.11.15 | John McWhorter
    Here’s how African-Americans can and will play the same game everyone else is, even if the rules are stacked against them. Demanding new rules or a new game is unrealistic and demeaning. After the race-related events of the past few weeks and months, it’s clear that the people who speak for black America Have a Dream, in the wake of the one Dr. King so resonantly expressed. The idea is that the Civil Rights revolution of the 1960s wasn’t enough, that a shoe still has yet to drop. Today’s Dream is that white America will somehow wake up and understand...
  • Ferguson Was the Spark — Eric Garner Is the Fire

    12/06/2014 7:18:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | December 3, 2014 | Professor John McWhorter, Columbia University.
    Here’s a look at the future, and probably not that far into it. People will learn two things: 1) That an officer was not indicted for murdering Eric Garner—black, 43, and detained simply for selling single cigarettes—despite the fact that the killing was recorded from start to finish for all of America to see. 2) That an officer was not indicted for killing Michael Brown after Brown had stolen from a store, refused the officer’s request to step aside and perhaps tried to grab his gun, with the officer shooting when Brown repeatedly lunged toward him for some reason, with...
  • Ferguson Is the Wrong Tragedy to Wake America Up [groan]

    11/26/2014 8:38:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | November 24, 2014 | Professor John McWhorter, Columbia University
    For many, the main lesson of the Ferguson verdict is that Michael Brown would still be alive if he were white — that Darren Wilson’s gunshots were the spawn of the racism always just beneath the surface of the white American soul. However, in light of what we heard last night, I feel that the Ferguson incident is instructive to America in a larger sense. The key element in the Brown-Wilson encounter was not any specific action either man took — it was the preset hostility to the cops that Brown apparently harbored. And that hostility was key because it...
  • No, 'Acting White' Has Not Been Debunked

    09/04/2014 8:12:20 AM PDT · by lbryce · 55 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | September 4, 2014 | John McWorther
    Research confirms that the “acting white” charge is a real problem that intimidates some black students. Our job is to confront it. As kids go back to school this week, when it comes to black ones, it’s time to do some myth-busting. This week’s topic: black teens calling their nerdy black peers “white” for liking school. It’s a problem, because too often, black kids who want to fit in end up letting their grades slip. The social scientists John Ogbu and Signithia Fordham first called attention to this phenomenon in the 1980s. But over the past 10 years, a myth...
  • Dr. Ben Carson’s bad medicine

    04/04/2013 11:37:11 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 36 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Thursday, April 4, 2013 | John McWhorter
    You know our political discourse has lost its moorings when it’s the Republicans who play that famous race card in defending one of their own. The person in need of defense is Dr. Ben Carson, a renowned Johns Hopkins surgeon. Carson happens to be black, Yale-educated — and conservative. After his impassioned criticism of President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast, many in the GOP thought they’d found their 2016 standard-bearer. But however brilliant, Carson has raised eyebrows since coming into the spotlight. Last week, he told Sean Hannity, “Marriage is between a man and a woman. No group, be...
  • What caused Obama’s poor debate performance?

    10/09/2012 10:18:28 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 37 replies
    MSNBC: Up With Chris Hayes ^ | October 7, 2012 | John McWhorter
    (@ 4:05) I can't make sense out of it. It's been said in some places and no, not by me that obama actually, this has been said by people that maybe he's not very bright. The other night I actually wondered what's wrong with him. I don't think it's because he's afraid to be an angry black man to say the things you were talking about would not have looked angry, just intelligence. I suspect he's used to being riding on that charisma of his. I think he thought standing there and being his larger than life self would take...
  • Do We Really Need Black History Month? In 2011 America, there’s no need for anything like it.

    02/17/2011 7:58:32 PM PST · by neverdem · 60 replies
    City Journal ^ | 17 February 2011 | John H. McWhorter
    To feel that something is tired in the idea of Black History Month isn’t, despite what one might hear from some quarters, racist. When Carter G. Woodson founded Negro History Week in 1926, he hoped that the need for such a celebration would gradually recede. For the week to morph into a month did not exactly bear out his wishes, and today, even black people brandish an array of objections to Black History Month. Actor Morgan Freeman wonders why the history of his people must be relegated to a single month. Others more recreationally inclined consider it suspicious that February...
  • Interesting Video: 2 black professorss + writers: McWhorter (Manhattan Inst), Loury (Brown Univ.)

    03/22/2009 5:57:43 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 2 replies · 708+ views
    Very interesting and very civil discussion about race, Obama, Eric Holder, and the ape cartoon called: "Abominations, Cartoons, and Cowards" Detail: Glenn calls John’s NAACP piece an abomination (03:52) John’s ideas for reforming the NAACP (07:02) Glenn’s memories of attending the Million Man March (02:28) Was that NY Post cartoon racist? (07:45) Prince Harry and the policing of discourse (03:06) Are we really “a nation of cowards” on race? (08:41) ~~~~ John McWhorter, professor, best selling author and Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, is the more conservative. He earned his PhD in linguistics from Stanford University in 1993 and...
  • John H. McWhorter: Dead End - Hubert Harrison’s militant, unproductive racial politics

    02/22/2009 9:20:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 510+ views
    City Journal ^ | 6 February 2009 | John H. McWhorter
    Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883–1918, by Jeffrey B. Perry (Columbia University Press, 624 pp., $37.50) If you were a black Harlemite in the late nineteen-teens, your favorite black leader was likely a short, coal-black West Indian famous for blazingly eloquent orations on street corners and in meeting halls. Before radio and television, soapbox oratory amounted to much more than the small-change affair it usually is today; speaking didactically at great length in the open air was how one got his message out. And as a young Henry Miller recalled, “there was no one in those days who...
  • Direct Answer - A solution for the reading gap between black and white children...

    01/15/2009 4:10:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 48 replies · 1,114+ views
    The New Republic ^ | January 14, 2009 | John McWhorter
    A solution for the reading gap between black and white children was discovered four decades ago. So, why aren't we taking advantage of it?One does not expect to see New York's school Chancellor Joel Klein on the same stage as Reverend Al Sharpton. Klein is infamous for his emphasis on test scores and shutting down schools that fail to measure up. Not so long ago, Sharpton was in the barricades with Russell Simmons protesting mayor Michael Bloomberg and Klein's plan to cut New York City's education budget. Yet these days the two are teaming up for the Education Equality Project,...
  • John McWhorter: the most unpopular black man in America?

    07/15/2008 4:11:36 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 6 replies · 169+ views ^ | July 13, 2008 | Clive Davis
    If Barack Obama is the most admired black man in America right now, it may be no exaggeration to say that John McWhorter is a candidate for the unpopularity prize. Which is an odd thing to say about a courteous academic from the arcane realm of linguistics. Yet by venturing onto the mean streets of hiphop with a dispassionate critique of a multimillion-dollar industry, he risks becoming a target of drive-by shootings by enraged academics, book reviewers and bloggers. McWhorter is not all that surprised that critics have given him a pummelling. He lets out a sigh of resignation: “By...
  • Special Report: Wright's Theology as Victimology

    03/27/2008 4:54:35 PM PDT · by The Forgotten Man · 8 replies · 555+ views ^ | March 26, 2008 | Anthony B. Bradley
    Black Liberation theology actually encourages a victim mentality among blacks. John McWhorters' book Losing the Race, will be helpful here. Victimology, says McWhorter, is the adoption of victimhood as the core of one's identity--for example, like one who suffers through living in "a country and who lived in a culture controlled by rich white people." It is a subconscious, culturally inherited affirmation that life for Blacks in America has been in the past and will be in the future a life of being victimized by the oppression of Whites. In today's terms, it is the conviction that, forty years after...
  • John McWhorter Scheduled on C-Span2's "In Depth" Sunday PM

    03/01/2008 9:38:51 PM PST · by Intolerant in NJ · 2 replies · 131+ views
    C-Span2 | 2 March 2008 | C-Span2
    John McWhorter is scheduled to be the guest author on C-Span2's "In Depth" Sunday afternoon from noon to 3:00 EST. McWhorter, a linguistics professor, has written a number of books including the best-seller "Losing the Race", which detailed the ways in which many blacks engage in self-defeating activities keeping them from advancing both culturally and economically. The program will include an interview regarding his books and Q&A's from viewers......
  • The Black Senator Who Could Challenge Hillary

    10/05/2006 6:19:24 PM PDT · by blam · 60 replies · 1,588+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-6-2006 | Alex Massie
    The black senator who could challenge Hillary By Alex Massie in Washington (Filed: 06/10/2006) A black senator with only two years in office has emerged as the outstanding star of the Democrats' campaign for next month's mid-term elections. Senator Barack Obama is bringing hope to Democrats Kenyan-born Barack Obama, 45, is already being touted as a challenger to Hillary Clinton for the party's presidential nomination. Another scenario sees him as Mrs Clinton's running mate, raising the possibility of a first female president and first black vice-president in one fell swoop in 2008. Mr Obama is disproving the adage that Washington...
  • "Learning While Black": Racially profiling in the classroom?

    05/30/2002 8:16:46 AM PDT · by xsysmgr · 95 replies · 729+ views
    National Review Online ^ | May 30, 2002 | Roger Clegg
    The current issue of Time magazine has a dubious article on "Learning While Black." The teaser reads: "You've heard of racial profiling on the roads and in the skies. But are minority kids also being unfairly singled out for discipline in schools?" The article is not completely one-sided, but the unmistakable gist of it is that the answer to the question posed is, "Probably so." But neither the anecdotal evidence nor the statistics cited are at all persuasive. The story begins and ends with the story of a student for whom we are supposed to feel some sympathy, but...
  • Party of Chains - The greatest oppressors of blacks have been Democrats, says Bruce Bartlett.

    02/17/2008 8:03:54 PM PST · by neverdem · 50 replies · 216+ views
    City Journal ^ | 8 February 2008 | John H. McWhorter
    Wrong on Race: The Democratic Party’s Buried Past, by Bruce Bartlett (Palgrave Macmillan, 288 pp., $26.95) Two years ago, on his Daily Kos website, Markos Moulitsas asked: “Is it any wonder the GOP is the party of racists?” While Moulitsas conceded that “not every Republican is a racist,” he maintained that “the opposite—every racist is a Republican—is just about right.” Such sentiments typify a common view that racism is the soul of the Republican Party, and that black Republicans are traitors to their race, or at least peculiar. Bruce Bartlett sets the record straight in Wrong on Race: The Democratic...
  • Hillary and MLK

    01/16/2008 8:09:16 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 8 replies · 72+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 16, 2008 | John McWhorter
    There are many people in our great land aggrieved over the idea that Hillary Clinton thinks Martin Luther King Jr. was not the hero of the civil rights movement. This idea seems so illogical that the only way to understand it is to approach it as a puzzle. After all, why would a white person running for president in 2008 dismiss the legacy of King near his birthday, which is celebrated as a national holiday, and right before a primary in a state with a large black vote? ... Why do people like op-ed columnist Bob Herbert, South Carolina Rep....
  • The Color of His Skin: Would Barack Obama be even considered for President if he were white ?

    09/22/2006 9:58:09 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 127 replies · 3,104+ views
    New York Sun ^ | 09/22/2006 | JOHN McWHORTER
    The Color of His Skin Imagine him white. Barack Obama, that is. Amidst all the glowing talk about the possibility of his becoming America's first black president in 2008, it's an interesting thought experiment to imagine whether Mr. Obama would elicit this swooning buzz if he were white. That is, let's imagine a white guy with all of Mr. Obama's pluses: crinkly smile, sincere concern for the little man, fine speech a couple of years ago about bringing the nation together, a certain charisma, wrote a touching autobiography. Let's call him Barrett O'Leary. I do not think Mr. O'Leary would...
  • Getting Into Pacifists' Heads

    09/11/2006 4:14:24 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 19 replies · 657+ views
    NY Sun ^ | September 11 2006 | JOHN McWHORTER
    September 11 has lent me one of the most nettlesome mental challenges I have ever encountered — seeking coherence in the leftist orthodoxy on what has happened since. For me, especially confusing is those who rue our not having met 9/11 with "pacifism." To wrap one's head around others' views and perceive how those views are compatible with intelligence and morality is an urgent task. But I have been just barely adequate to it when encountering a Berkeley professor who vehemently opposed our attacking Afghanistan, or another who thought that we should turn the other cheek to terrorist attacks. In...
  • [What] White do-gooders did for black America

    09/10/2005 8:35:29 PM PDT · by saquin · 120 replies · 4,007+ views
    The Sunday Times (UK) ^ | 9/11/05 | John McWhorter
    As it quickly became clear that there was a certain demographic skew among the people stranded in New Orleans, journalists began intoning that Hurricane Katrina had stripped bare the continuing racial inequity in America. The extent to which this was hidden is unclear, actually. An awareness that a tragic disproportion of black Americans are poor has been a hallmark of civic awareness among educated Americans for 40 years now. The problem is less a lack of awareness than a lack of understanding. The publicly sanctioned take is that “white supremacy” is why 80% of New Orleans’s poor people are black....
  • Burned, Baby, Burned: Watts and the Tragedy of Black America (John McWhorter!)

    08/14/2005 12:19:33 PM PDT · by nicollo · 13 replies · 915+ views
    Washington Post ^ | John McWhorter | John McWhorter
    While many people this month are focused on the controversy surrounding the 40th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, I have another civil-rights-related 40th anniversary on my mind. On Aug. 11, 1965, the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles broke out in flames on the nation's television screens. Many cherish the memory as the moment when the militant became mainstream in a "fed-up" black America, replacing the nonviolent, gradualist efforts of old-guard civil rights leaders. The Watts riot indeed shaped modern black American history more decisively than the Voting Rights Act. The question is whether it was in a...
  • Black and White and Read All Over

    08/11/2005 8:22:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 1,098+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 11, 2005 | JOHN McWHORTER
    WHEN I was growing up in the 70's, Ebony and Jet were always on the coffee table, along with the late, great Ebony Jr. for children. There always seemed to be a party going on in all three of them, which is just the way their creator John H. Johnson wanted it. He created Ebony in 1945 to show that "Negroes got married, had beauty contests, gave parties, ran successful businesses, and did all the other normal things of life." Ebony was still at it 60 years later when Mr. Johnson died this week - its 717th issue is on...
  • Black Americans must stop voting as a monolith

    11/12/2004 8:53:44 PM PST · by Stoat · 29 replies · 4,641+ views
    The Dallas Morning News / The Manhattan Institute ^ | November 9, 2004 | John H Mc Whorter
    <p>So much for polls that had President Bush getting twice as many black votes as he did in 2000. In 2000 he got 8 percent of the black vote. This time, he got only 11 percent. Eighty-eight percent of the black vote went to John Kerry.</p>
  • Call me Black. That's with a capital B.

    09/19/2004 8:28:12 AM PDT · by Dog Gone · 81 replies · 2,212+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 19, 2004 | JOHN MCWHORTER
    Not African-American It's time we descendants of slaves brought to the United States let go of the term "African-American" and go back to calling ourselves Black -- with a capital B. Modern America is home now to millions of immigrants who were born in Africa. Their cultures and identities are split between Africa and the United States. They have last names like Onwughalu, Nwangwu and Senkofa. They speak languages like Wolof, Twi, Yoruba and Hausa, and speak English with an accent. They were raised on African cuisine, music, dance and dress styles, customs and family dynamics. Their children often...
  • Time to call ourselves ‘Black’ and not African Americans

    09/09/2004 11:14:42 PM PDT · by kattracks · 39 replies · 1,265+ views
    Union Leader ^ | 9/10/04 | JOHN McWHORTER
    IT’S TIME we descendants of slaves brought to the United States let go of the term “African American” and go back to calling ourselves Black — with a capital B. Modern America is home to millions of immigrants born in Africa. Their cultures and identities are split between Africa and the United States. They have last names like Onwughalu and Senkofa. They speak languages like Wolof, Twi, Yoruba and Hausa, and speak English with an accent. They were raised on African cuisine, music, dance and dress styles, customs and family dynamics. Their children often speak or at least understand their...
  • The Mau-Mauing at Harvard

    04/11/2002 11:57:57 AM PDT · by Pokey78 · 10 replies · 355+ views
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2002 | John H. McWhorter
    Dignity is all a black person in America has,” Harvard professor Cornel West solemnly told listeners during the kick-off episode of black pundit Tavis Smiley’s new NPR radio show. Just then, West was feeling bereft of his dignity, after a much-publicized meeting with new Harvard president Lawrence Summers. West’s new boss had questioned the worth of some of his celebrity prof’s recent career moves—writing and editing several lightweight non-academic books, recording a rap CD, and assisting Al Sharpton on his presidential bid. Perhaps, Summers suggested, it might be time to get back to serious scholarly work. West quickly ran to...
  • John McWhorter is on CSPAN now on Booknotes

    03/02/2003 5:12:32 PM PST · by Torie · 19 replies · 285+ views
    CSPAN ^ | March 2. 2003 | CSPAN
    The guy seems worth listening to.
  • When this conservative talks, we should listen (MARY MITCHELL ALERT)

    02/25/2003 10:17:56 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 23 replies · 273+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 25, 2003 | MARY MITCHELL SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST
    I was prepared not to like John McWhorter. After all, he's labeled by others as a conservative (although he calls himself a neo-conservative) and as such, I expected him to have horns and a tail. But the youngish-looking man who stepped off the elevator at the Omni Hotel looked like any other black man. Given his stature--he is associate professor of linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley--I expected him to be arrogant or at least a little bit cocky. He was neither. While the presence of some black leaders can fill a room, McWhorter shied away from even...