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Losing the Race?
Black Progress, Freedom, and Independence
Tuesday, March 20, 2001

John H. McWhorter
Associate Professor of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley; Author, Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America
The Civil Rights revolution was a pinnacle of American history, freeing African Americans from centuries of disenfranchisement. Yet, according to linguist John McWhorter, it has had a tragic side effect. As racism recedes as a serious obstacle to black advancement, many black Americans have been misled into a self-destructive ideological detour. Has affirmative action fostered the cults of Victimology, Separatism, and Anti-Intellectualism? Have false assumptions and low expectations conditioned black students for low achievement? If racism is to be dealt a final death blow, what strategies must Americans—black and white—pursue?

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