This new book by Harry Stein seems to have arrived fortuitously and with propitious timing so soon after John Derbyshire’s article at Taki’s Magazine titled The Talk — Nonblack Version. Derbyshire has become controversially viral on the internet and lost his gig at National Review over his frank discussion of the racial facts of life in America.
From the Amazon Book Description:
“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 focus tirelessly on historic oppression and the supposed need for more government aid, and demonize those who challenge their shopworn views as—what else?—racist.
“In No Matter What . . . They’ll Call This Book Racist, Harry Stein attacks the rigid prohibitions that have long governed the conversation about race, not to offend or shock (though they certainly will) but to provoke the serious thinking that liberal enforcers have until now rendered impossible. 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. by far the greater problem, says Stein, is the culture of destructive attitudes and behaviors that denies those in its grip the means of escape.
“For all the remarkable progress this country has made on race in the past half century, liberals insist, for their own political and psychological purposes, on clinging to the notion of America as irredeemably racist. All of us—and especially black people—for too long have been living with the terrible consequences of that cruel canard.”
Harry Stein is a former liberal converted to conservatism by the realities of life. He’s a highly readable writer with a style that uses humor and irony to make a point. Stein may have been a liberal, probably for the reasons many of us were once liberals, we just didn’t know anything else until reality struck. He seems never to have had the liberal traits of anger, bitterness, envy and resentment, and his writing shows it.
I’ve read his two previous books and liked them a lot:
Harry Stein is likely to be a frequent guest on radio and TV talk shows in the coming weeks regarding his book. Later this week he will be featured on the Ricochet podcast.
This post reads like an advertisement but it isn’t. I don’t get paid a dime for it, although I certainly should. Oh well. Glad to be of service.