Why We Won’t Talk Honestly About Race

In the Age of Obama, the ugly charge of racism is more prevalent than ever. Why? Because telling the truth about racial profiling, crime, the social fallout of single parent homes, and the ways racial preferences distort the very meaning of equity and justice would mean facing up to the soul-destroying pathologies of urban black culture. Instead, black leaders and their guilty white allies demonize those who challenge their shopworn views as—what else?—racist. In Why We Won’t Talk Honestly About Race, Harry Stein examines the ways in which the regime of racial preferences has sown division, corruption, and resentment in this country. He pays special attention to the stifling falsehood that it is racism that continues to mire millions of underclass blacks in physical and spiritual poverty. All of us—and especially black people—for too long have been living with the terrible consequences of that cruel canard.

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