ON-Lion Letter
In the Age of Obama, the racism charge, rather than abating, has become more prevalent than ever.  Why?  Because to tell the truth about matters like crime, racial profiling, the social fallout of single-parent homes, or 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 blame these problems on historic oppression and lack of government aid, and they demonize those who challenge such views as -- what else? -- racist.

In Encounter Books' new paperback Why We Won't Talk Honestly About RaceHarry Stein attacks the unspoken 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 is a contributing editor of City Journal, which is published by the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research in New York City.

In the book, originally published last year, 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 racism has mired millions of underclass blacks in physical and spiritual poverty.  The real 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.  Stein thinks that we -- and especially black people -- for too long have been living with the terrible consequences of that cruel canard.

Encounter Books is an activity of Encounter for Culture and Education, a nonprofit organization that is substantially supported by Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, as is the Manhattan Institute.
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