No Matter What ... They'll Call This Book Racist

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 May, 2012, 12:00am


No Matter What ... They'll Call This Book Racist
by Harry Stein
Encounter Books (e-book)

It is a good idea to question fears and prohibitions and this book shows why. Harry Stein argues that a lack of discussion about race has undermined progress on that front. Guilt about past wrongs, he says, influences many 'enlightened' whites to condone otherwise unacceptable behaviour and attitudes. Citing jokes grounded in stereotypes as examples of benign racism, he says too many blacks and whites embrace a definition of racism so broad that almost everything registers as such. This he calls 'chip-on-the-shoulder racism' - the kind that can never end. The book includes references to much that has caused outrage, including 1994's controversial book, The Bell Curve, and the O.J. Simpson verdict. Not surprisingly, affirmative action is taken to task and Stein says he has had many arguments on the subject mainly with white liberals. Readers will be challenged to consider their own opinions about race, while learning about those of people such as comedian Bill Cosby, who in 2004 attacked those suggesting black crime was justified by poverty or racism.